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US still ready to send envoy to NKorea

February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is reiterating its willingness to send an envoy to seek the freedom of an American detainee in North Korea after a pro-Pyongyang newspaper reported that such a visit was being planned.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not comment directly on the report in the Japan-based newspaper, Choson Sinbo, which said that it briefly interviewed the detainee, Kenneth Bae, on Friday at a prison in the North Korean capital.

Bae was quoted as saying he had been notified that U.S. envoy on North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, will come to meet him as early as Monday and no later than the end of the month.

Psaki said the long-standing offer to send King stands but did not indicate any such invitation had been extended.

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