Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 30, 2013

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has informed the United States that it has rescinded its invitation for Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King to travel to Pyongyang August 30-31 on a humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae. We are surprised and disappointed by North Korea’s decision.

We have sought clarification from the DPRK about its decision and have made every effort so that Ambassador King’s trip could continue as planned or take place at a later date. Ambassador King intends to return to Washington from Tokyo the afternoon of August 31.

We remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae’s health and we continue to urge the DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

PRN: 2013/1048