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U.S. charity group on 3-week trip to N. Korea: report

09:48 March 19, 2019

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. charity group official is on a trip to North Korea to provide humanitarian assistance to the impoverished state, an American broadcaster reported Tuesday.

Heidi Linton, chief of Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), a nonprofit U.S. organization, left for North Korea on Saturday with a plan to stay there for three weeks, the Voice of America said, citing an email she sent before her departure.

Linton also said that CFK recently received approval from the U.S. government for the visit.

In December, Washington said it will "reevaluate" its ban on American citizens' travel to North Korea starting early this year to facilitate aid groups' delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The charity group visited North Korea last summer, but its request to travel again to the North in November was rejected.

VOA reported that the Korean American Medical Association, a nonprofit organization based in the United States, also received state approval recently for its North Korea trip scheduled for May. It would be its first visit to the North in a year.

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