US Considers N. Korea Rescue Visit for GomesUpdated: 2010-08-23 (KST)
A 30-year-old American man from Boston who was sentenced to eight-years in jail in North Korea may be rescued soon.
According to Foreign Policy Magazine the US State Department may send a high-profile American official to negotiate Aijalon Mahli Gomes' release per Pyeongyang's request.
FP reports that Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry who first contacted the State Department about Gomes is currently on the list of potential statesmen along with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former US President Jimmy Carter.
Earlier this month a secret four-man team visited Gomes but were unable to negotiate his freedom.
It is unclear why Gomes entered illegally into North Korea via China in January of this year.
But many speculate that he was a supporter of Robert Park a Christian missionary who also crossed into the North and was later released.
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