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North Korea rescinds invitation to seek imprisoned American's release: US official

Published on Feb 10, 2014 9:06 AM
 
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang on Jan 20, 2014. North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a senior US official to visit Pyongyang to seek Bae's release, a State Department official said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/KYODO

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a senior US official to visit Pyongyang to seek the release of imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae, a State Department official said on Sunday, adding American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson had offered to go to Pyongyang to try to free Bae.

“We are deeply disappointed by the DPRK (North Korean) decision – for a second time – to rescind its invitation for Ambassador (Robert) King to travel to Pyongyang to discuss Kenneth Bae’s release. The DPRK announced publicly in May 2013 it would not use the fate of Kenneth Bae as a political bargaining chip,” the official said.

“At the request of the Bae family, Reverend Jackson offered to travel to Pyongyang on a humanitarian mission focused on Bae’s release. We support the efforts of the Bae family and Reverend Jackson to bring Bae home,” the official said.

The US official referred to US-South Korean (Republic of Korea) military exercises, which North Korea opposes.

 
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