US envoy to visit North Korea over jailed American
WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (REUTERS) - The United States will send its North Korean human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned and ailing US Christian missionary, the State Department said on Tuesday.
Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday at the invitation of the government on a "humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of US citizen Kenneth Bae," the department said in a statement.
King will ask North Korea to "pardon Mr. Bae and grant him special amnesty on humanitarian grounds so that he can be reunited with his family and seek medical treatment," it added.
The White House urged North Korea on Tuesday to grant Bae, who suffers diabetes among other conditions, clemency and allow him to return to the United States.