North Korea says it releases detained U.S. citizen

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Posted: May 27, 2011 3:33 AM
North Korea says it releases detained U.S. citizen

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it would release an American citizen held in the secretive state for the past six months on unspecified charges, state media reported.

KCNA news agency said visiting U.S. rights envoy Robert King had expressed regret about the case, and as a result Pyongyang had agreed to release Jun Young Su on "humanitarian grounds."

It was not clear from the report if Jun would return home with King, who is due to depart Pyongyang on Saturday.

(Reporting by Jeremy Laurence)