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Friday, 8th January 2010
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Special envoy heads for Japan

A US special envoy will be taking a trip to Japan and South Korea next week to discuss the current situation in North Korea.

Robert King, who has been the US envoy for human rights in North Korea since November, will be in Japan on January 15th, according to a spokesperson from the US State Department.

While in Japan, he will meet with government officials and people who have moved from North Korea to the country, the department stated.

At a press conference, King said that he is encouraged by North Korea's participation in the meeting.

"I think it was useful, that it was the beginning of a dialogue. I hope it would be an opportunity to continue," he said.

Before heading to Japan, King will be in South Korea from Monday (January 11th).

North Korea is a notoriously secret nation and visits from overseas citizens are strictly controlled and limited.

Written by Mark Smith.