Washington, D.C. (AP) - U.S. government officials say former President
Jimmy Carter is planning to travel to North Korea soon, possibly
early next month.
Spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday the State Department had been
"made aware of the trip" but had no further details.
He referred further questions to the Carter Center, which declined to comment.
Carter, who was president from 1977-81, is well-regarded in North Korea despite the longtime animosity between the U.S. and the
secretive communist government.
He has visited several times in a private capacity, most recently last August, to secure the release of an imprisoned American.
Multination disarmament talks with North Korea have been on hold
for the past two years amid growing concerns over the North's nuclear programs.
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