This is an undated photo provided by the Korkie family, of South African, Pierre Korkie. An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, during a U.S.-led rescue operation that President Barack Obama said he ordered because of "imminent danger" to the U.S. hostage. South African Pierre Korkie is believed to have died during the flight, while American Luke Somers died on the ship, according to senior U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had yet to be approved for release. (AP Photo/Korkie Family) (The Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG – The United States did not know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of a South African hostage who died in a U.S. raid on Al Qaeda militants in Yemen, the U.S. ambassador in South Africa said Monday.