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White House 'disappointed' invitation withdrawn for North Korea visit

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:36 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House said on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, it was "deeply disappointed" by North Korea's decision to rescind an invitation to US envoy Robert King to visit Pyongyang to discuss the release of imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae.

The White House remains prepared to send Mr King, the US special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, to North Korea (also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

"We are deeply disappointed by the DPRK decision for a second time to rescind its invitation for Ambassador King to travel to Pyongyang to discuss Kenneth Bae's release," Mr Carney told reporters at a briefing.

Mr Bae, a 45-year-old Korean-American, has been held for more than a year in North Korea after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on charges of trying to overthrow the state.

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