North Korea withdraws its invitation for a senior US envoy
N.Korea withdraws US envoy invitation
North Korea has withdrawn its invitation for a senior US envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of detained American Kenneth Bae, the US State Department has said. 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 for Bae. The American was accused of subversion and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. The US is “surprised and disappointed by North Korea’s decision,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.