May 18, 2020—
In this episode, Ambassador King shares how he became the first (and only) U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean human rights issues under the Obama administration. He recalls how he used his unique position to coordinate efforts with U.S. and foreign government agencies, as well as with non-governmental organizations, to advance North Korea’s human rights. In this interview, Ambassador King also recounts his experiences going to North Korea to intercede in U.S.-North Korean affairs and shares one of his most memorable experiences as special envoy.
April 13, 2020—
This episode of Living History features part one of two interviews with Robert R. “Bob” King to mark the sixth anniversary of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on human rights in North Korea. Ambassador King served as special envoy for North Korea human rights issues from 2009 – 2017, leading efforts to advance human rights and humanitarian conditions in North Korea, secure the release of U.S. citizens held in North Korea, and represent the United States in international organizations dealing with these issues.
February 26, 2020 Robert King—
Human Rights is a critical part of U.S. policy toward North Korea. Ambassador King testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy on the state of North Korea policy one year after the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi.
July 19, 2019 Robert King—
At a press conference last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights. He explained its purpose: “The commission is composed of human rights experts, philosophers, and activists, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of varied background and beliefs, who will provide me with advice on human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
The membership of the commission is a distinguished and diverse group of individuals, but the responsibility assigned to the commission seems to raise questions.
May 15, 2019 Robert King—
Ambassador Robert R. King discusses the importance of continuing efforts to increase access to outside information for the North Korean people and the Kim Jong-un’s regime efforts to limit access to foreign news, information and culture... North Korea has the abysmal “distinction” of ranking absolutely last of the 180 countries ranked…
March 28, 2019 Victor Cha—
Dr. Victor Cha, senior adviser and Korea Chair for CSIS, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy on “U.S. Policy Toward North Korea After the Second Summit.”
March 5, 2019 Robert King—
Ambassador Robert R. King assesses the implications of President Trump’s assertion that Kim Jong-un was not immediately aware of the details of Otto Warmbier’s critical condition at last week’s press conference in Hanoi... At a press conference following the ill-fated summit in Hanoi last week, President Donald Trump…
February 7, 2019 Robert King—
Ambassador Robert King analyzes the striking difference between President Trump’s treatment of North Korea’s human rights abuses in his State of the Union Speech in 2018 and in 2019... While commentators have observed striking similarities between President Donald Trump’s rhetoric in the State of the Union…
December 18, 2018 Robert King—
After a silence of several months on North Korea’s human rights record, the U.S. government is again calling attention to the issue, as Ambassador Robert R. King writes in his commentary... After a silence of several months on North Korea’s human rights record, the U.S. government…
November 6, 2018 Robert King—
During the last two and a half decades, one of the key North Korean humanitarian and human rights issues has been citizens of the North who choose to leave and flee to China... During the last two and a half decades, one of the key North Korean humanitarian…