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U.S. special envoy on N. Korean human rights arrives in Seoul

All Headlines 19:12 October 10, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues arrived in South Korean on Monday for a four-day visit which includes discussion with diplomats here and attendance at a human rights forum.

During the latest visit, Ambassador Robert King will meet with Lee Jung-hoon, South Korea's Ambassador for North Korean Human Rights and other senior diplomats to discuss North Korean human rights issues, according to officials.

On Thursday, King will take part in a round-table discussion for the 6th Chaillot Forum on North Korea human rights to be hosted by the Korea Institute for National Unification.

On the same day, he will fly to Japan on the second leg of his Asian trip.

King's visit comes as the U.S. government is tightening its pressure over the North Korean regime's human rights violations record especially in the aftermath of Pyongyang's defiant fifth nuclear test on Sept. 9.

Currently, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is in Seoul for a host of official meetings and activities meant to highlight North Korea's dire human rights conditions.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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