August 30, 2013

North Korea withdraws invitation for U.S. envoy

Bob King, the U.S. special envoy, was due to travel to Pyongyang today to request a pardon and amnesty for American Kenneth Bae.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The State Department says North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American.

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A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea in this May 2, 2013, photo. Bae has been sentenced by North Korea to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state.

AP

Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, was due to travel from Tokyo to Pyongyang Friday to request a pardon and amnesty for Kenneth Bae.

Bae has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by the authoritarian state, accused of subversion.

Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. is "surprised and disappointed by North Korea's decision" and remains gravely concerned about Bae's health.

King intends to return to Washington from Tokyo on Saturday.

The U.S. is seeking clarification on Pyongyang's decision – a further setback to U.S.-North Korean relations, already severely strained by concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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