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    Top US Diplomat Travels to Seoul to Discuss Human Rights in North Korea

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    Human rights will top the agenda during an upcoming visit by US Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King to the South Korean capital of Seoul, the US Department of State announced in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — King will also address the Korea Global Forum 2016, which is hosted by the South Korean Ministry of Unification, the release noted.

    "Ambassador King will lead US participation in the bilateral US — ROK [South Korea] dialogue on North Korea human rights," the release explained on Thursday in describing the November 13-17 visit.

    North Korea is said to operate a vast network of gulags with hundreds of thousands of prisoners, who are fed starvation rations while performing hard labor, according to multiple escapees who have made it to South Korea.


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