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ICC Note: On Friday U.S. Special Envoy Robert King was supposed to by in North Korea negotiating for the release of Kenneth Bae, an American citizen and missionary arrested back in November of 2012. Kenneth was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in April and is reportedly suffering from severe health issues, losing more than 50 pounds and being admitted to the hospital in July. North Korea rescinded its invitation to the U.S. Special Envoy for reasons that are still unclear, no doubt crushing the hopes of Kenneth’s family who have been appealing for the U.S. government to intervene on Kenneth’s behalf for months. 
8/30/2013 North Korea (WWM) – North Korea has rescinded its invitation to a special U.S. envoy who had planned to visit Pyongyang with hopes of bringing jailed American Kenneth Bae home.
“We are surprised and disappointed” at the decision, according to a statement released Friday by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “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.”
Robert King, the US Special Envoy for North Korean rights, had planned to seek pardon for Bae. The Korean American was arrested in the North Korean city Rajin-Sonbong, one of North Korea’s special economic zones for foreign investors, on November 12, 2012. Ten months after his arrest, Bae is in poor health.
At the time of his arrest, Bae was leading a tourist group in Rajin-Sonbong. His sudden detention surprised his relatives and others who know him; they describe Bae as a committed Christian who wanted to help the North Korean people.
The North Korean prosecutors have charged the Korean American with planning an anti-North Korean, religious coup d’etat, setting up bases in China for the purpose of toppling the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, encouraging North Korean citizens to bring down the government and conducting a malignant smear campaign.
On April 30th 2013, he was sentenced to fifteen years hard labor.
His family, who at first kept quiet hoping for a diplomatic resolution, then publicly announced in mid-August that Bae had been moved from the prison camp to a hospital, because his health had quickly deteriorated. He’s reported to have lost over fifty pounds and to suffer several health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, a fatty liver and a back problem.

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