July 29, 2013 / 4:18 AM / 5 years ago

White House: Carter traveling to North Korea in personal capacity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is traveling to North Korea on a private trip, the White House said on Monday, commenting on reports that Carter was going to the reclusive nation soon to win release of an American citizen being held there.

A man walks past North Korean national flags in Pyongyang July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Earlier on Monday a representative for Carter said he had no immediate plans to make such a trip.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Carter was going on his own.

“President Carter is traveling to North Korea on a private trip. He’s doing that in his personal capacity,” Earnest said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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