Robert King, Special Envoy for N. Korean Human Rights Issues
In September this year, the National Assembly's North Korean Human Rights Act took effect. As interest in North Korea's human rights issue continues to rise, Arirang TV held a special converse with the U.S. State Department's special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, on November 14 at the Hotel Silla in central Seoul.
Mr. King shared his frank opinion on how the U.S. has been working to improve the human rights situation in North Korea and how it views South Korea's efforts to solve the issue.
Mr. King stressed the importance of information access in dealing with human rights violations in the Stalinist state by saying that Korean broadcasters, Voice of America, which is broadcast in the North, and KBS Radio targeting North Koreans residing in China can induce change.
Regarding the North Korean Human Rights Act, Mr. King said that it represents the South Korean government's commitment to improve the human rights situation in the North, and that South Korea's efforts set a good example to the international community.