Monday, May 30, 2011

North Korea Says It Will Release American


Zhang Li/Xinhua/Associated Press

U.S. envoy Robert King, far right, arriving Tuesday in Pyongyang, where he pressed for the release of American Eddie Jun

SEOUL—North Korea will release an American it arrested last November for an unspecified crime, the North's state media said Friday. The announcement followed a visit from a U.S. diplomat who had pressed for his freedom.

Eddie Jun, from suburban Los Angeles, was detained and later charged with an "anti-DPRK" crime that the North's media hasn't revealed. DPRK refers to North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Robert King, the U.S. envoy for North Korea human rights, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to assess the country's request for a resumption of American food aid, which the North cut off at the end of 2008 over a dispute about Korean-speaking monitors the U.S. sent to make sure food reached the needy.

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