The White House said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" by North Korea's decision to rescind an invitation to US envoy Robert King to visit Pyongyang to discuss the release of imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae.
It is the second time that Pyongyang has rescinded an invitation to King, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. He told reporters at a regular briefing that the United States remained prepared to send the envoy to North Korea.
Carney said military exercises planned by the United States and South Korea were "transparent, regularly scheduled and defense oriented. These exercises are in no way linked to Mr. Bae's case, and we believe they know that."