North Korea Will Reportedly Free American Held Since November

May 27, 2011

North Korea will reportedly free American businessman Jun Young-su, who was arrested last November and accused of 'committing a crime' against that country, according to Yonhap. The Los Angeles Times says Young-su was reportedly charged with illegal Christian missionary activity.

It's not clear why he's being freed now; former President Jimmy Carter visited the country in April and was unable to secure his release. But the Times says it could be linked to the current visit of Robert King, a U.S. diplomat who is there to examine North Korea's request for food aid.

The Wall Street Journal notes four U.S. senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, expressing concern about the North Korean demand for food help. Senators Jon Kyl, Joe Lieberman, John McCain and Jim Webb urged Clinton to beware North Korean attempts to use the issue of food aid as a political weapon.

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