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US Delegation Leaves North Korea
01 : 43 PM - 28/05/2011
Seoul, May 28. (BNA) – A US State Department delegation, led by Robert King, left North Korea, following a visit aimed to humanitarian issues of joint concern, North Korean sources announced, without saying whether Jun Young Su left with the delegation or not.

North Korea announced on Friday that it would release a US missionary detained for six months as a US human rights envoy visited the country.

Jun Young Su would be released on 'humanitarian grounds' after US diplomat Robert King expressed regret over the case, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The Korean American businessman was arrested in November for conducting missionary work, South Korean media reported. He had travelled often to North Korea with valid visas, the reports said.

In Washington, the US State Department said it was "pleased" with North Korea's decision to release Jun on humanitarian grounds, but said the businessman would likely leave separately from King, who was scheduled to leave North Korea on Saturday.

"It is certainly a positive step in that we have an American citizen who is being held there who is now going to be released," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told journalists.

Several US citizens arrested in North Korea in the past few years and accused of illegally entering the country have been released and allowed to leave the country with visiting US dignitaries.

Robert King arrived in North Korea last Tuesday with nutrition experts to evaluate its food needs and meet North Korean officials.


BNA 0857 GMT 2011/05/28

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