U.S. Envoy for N.Korean Human Rights Arrives in Seoul

      November 12, 2014 09:37

      Robert King, U.S. special envoy for North Korea’s human rights issues, arrives at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday. /Newsis

      Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, arrived in Seoul on Tuesday.

      The official purpose of his visit is to attend the Chaillot Human Rights Forum hosted by the Korea Institute for National Unification on Thursday. But he is also expected to meet with officials from the foreign and unification ministries.

      King visited Hanawon, a Unification Ministry facility in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province for the settlement of North Korean defectors. Since he took office in November 2009, King has visited Hanawon whenever he has come here.

      "King attaches great importance to meeting defectors face-to-face to listen to them talk about the recent North Korean situation," a ministry official said. "He's particularly interested in the situation of defectors in third countries."

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