By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, May 25 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. envoy will travel to Brussels next week to discuss North Korean human rights with the European Union, the State Department announced Friday.
Amb. Robert King, the special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will participate in the European Parliament subcommittee on the human rights situation in North Korea on Tuesday, the department said in a press release.
King also plans to meet with officials from the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, nongovernmental organizations and countries that share their deep concerns about the human rights situation in the communist nation, it added.
King is scheduled to return to Washington on Thursday after the three-day trip.
Earlier this week, the department issued a far-reaching report on the human rights record in 199 nations, including North Korea, which it graded as "extremely poor."
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