July 24, 2013 09:04
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been invited to visit North Korea again, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday. Carter is said to be consulting with White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry.
"If the trip goes ahead, Carter is likely to discuss with North Korean officials issues of human rights, humanitarian aid and Pyongyang's nuclear programs," Kyodo speculated. There is a likelihood that he will meet with leader Kim Jong-un.
Carter is likely to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, a Korean American who is being held in the North charged with unspecified "hostile acts" against the regime. He was arrested on a tour of the country in November last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
Carter visited Pyongyang for the first time in 1994 and held talks with nation founder Kim Il-sung about the North's nuclear weapons program. He went again in 2010 and 2011 and was again invited to visit in May this year along with former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari.
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