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N. Korea says will not use jailed American as bargaining chip


North Korean said Sunday that it has no plans to use a U.S. citizen recently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor as a bargaining chip with the United States, according to the country's official media.

A spokesman for the country's Foreign Ministry also said that Pyongyang will not be inviting any U.S. figures to visit the country in order to resolve the situation surrounding the American, Kenneth Bae, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

The spokesman added that Bae's case "proves that as long as the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK remains unchanged, humanitarian generosity will be of no use in ending Americans' illegal acts."

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency recently reported that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter may soon travel to North Korea to work for the release of Bae, who has been detained there for nearly half a year, and to broker resumption of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

The North earlier announced that its highest court had sentenced Bae to 15 years of compulsory labor for "committing hostile acts" against the country.