U.S. to Send Special Envoy to North Korea in Attempt to Secure Release of American Missionary

Update: 9/3/13: “North Korea blames US ‘provocation’ for withdrawal of invitation to envoy

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

Kenneth Bae

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State has announced that it will be sending a special envoy to North Korea this weekend in an attempt to secure the release of an American missionary that has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the country.

The government announced the visit on Tuesday, outlining that the trip was at the invitation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King will travel to Pyongyang on Saturday in an effort to free Kenneth Bae, a businessman and missionary from Washington state.

As previously reported, Kenneth Bae, who operates a Washington-based tourist company, was arrested not far from the city of Yanji last November, where some Christian groups provide aid to North Korean refugees. It is stated that Bae has made a number of trips to North Korea to assist orphaned children. Click here to continue reading.

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