Kenneth Bae

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash., was free for the first time since 2012 when he landed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle Saturday night.

North Korea Cancels US Envoy for Kenneth Bae

Feb 10, 2014

The Seattle-area family of a man held in North Korea says their hopes fell again this week. For the second time, North Korea rescinded its invitation for a US envoy to discuss the American's possible release.

The family of Lynwood, Washington's Kenneth Bae has responded to word that the North Korean government has rescinded an invitation to the U.S. State Department. The Department was sending a senior envoy to Pyongyang to intervene on behalf of Bae, who has been held as a prisoner since April.

The government news agency of North Korea Friday says Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington led a Christian mission across its borders for years.