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(LEAD) Carter has no immediate plans for N. Korea trip: officials

2013/07/30 05:16

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Yonhap) -- At least for now, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has no plans to visit North Korea, U.S. officials and his aides said Monday, refuting media reports that he may go there again on a mission to free a Korean-American man imprisoned in the communist nation for nearly nine months.

Speculation has grown that Carter might go to Pyongyang soon since he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington last week.