North Korea withdraws invite for US envoy
WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the State Department said on Friday.
Mr Bob King, the US special envoy for North Korean human rights, was due to travel from Tokyo to Pyongyang on Friday to request a pardon and amnesty for Kenneth Bae, and return the next day.
Bae was sentenced in April to 15 years of hard labour by the authoritarian state, accused of subversion.
Department spokesman Marie Harf said the US is "surprised and disappointed by North Korea's decision" and remains gravely concerned about Bae's health.