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North Korea rescinds invitation to US envoy

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SEOUL — North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American’s possible release, the State Department said Monday.

The cancellation comes only days after detained American missionary Kenneth Bae told a pro-Pyongyang newspaper that he expected to meet this month with the envoy.

It signals an apparent protest of upcoming annual military drills between Washington and Seoul and an alleged mobilization of US nuclear-capable B-52 bombers during training near the Korean Peninsula. North Korea calls the planned drills a rehearsal for invasion, a claim the allies deny.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has offered to travel to North Korea at the request of Bae’s family.

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