Jailed U.S. missionary in North Korea, Kenneth Bae, meets mother
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 00:33
Oct. 13 - The mother of jailed U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae hugs her son in the North Korean capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The mother of jailed U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, who is serving a 15-year sentence for state subversion in North Korea, met and hugged her ailing son on Friday (October 11) in Pyongyang.
Myunghee Bae told Japan's Kyodo news agency she had met her son in a hospital and he was still far from healthy. She said she would remain in Pyongyang for a few days.
Video footage showed Bae and his mother hugging in a hospital in the North Korean capital.
Later, his mother said he appeared to be in better health.
Kenneth Bae, 45, was born in South Korea, but is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has been serving a hard labor sentence after being convicted in May of crimes against the state.
Bae has acknowledged being a missionary and has said he conducted religious services in the North, one of the most isolated states on earth and long hostile to Westerners advocating religious causes.
The country's Supreme Court said he used his tourism business to form groups aimed at overthrowing the government.
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