U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang to seek release of detained American
U.S. special envoy Robert King will travel to Pyongyang this week to try and secure the release of the detained Korean American.
In a press release Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said King, who is Washington's Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, will arrive in the North Korean capital on Friday.
Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary and tour guide, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the regime earlier this year.
Bae is thought to be very ill and has been moved to a hospital.
The U.S. envoy is expected to ask North Korea to pardon Bae and issue a special amnesty so he can return home and get medical treatment.
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