N.Korea frees US man before China envoy visit

The North said it was releasing a U.S. activist it had held since December.

N.Korea frees US man before China envoy visit

A senior Chinese Communist Party official will visit North Korea as early as Saturday, in what appears to be a move to press Pyongyang to return to nuclear disarmament talks, a South Korean news agency said on Friday.

The North said separately it was releasing a U.S. activist it had held since December.

Communist Party international affairs chief Wang Jiarui is due to make the visit, Yonhap said citing diplomatic sources in Beijing and Seoul. The visit should take place on Saturday or next week, it said.

Wang met North Korean leader Kim Jong-il last year and received a denuclearisation pledge.

North Korea said it was releasing U.S. activist Robert Park, 28, who walked over the frozen Tumen river from China and into North Korea on Christmas Day on a mission to raise awareness about Pyongyang's human rights abuses.

The North's official KCNA news agency said Park had confessed to illegally entering the state and that he had changed his mind about North Korea after receiving kind treatment.

North Korea said in late January that it was holding a second American for illegal entry. The man has not been identified.


Reuters

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