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Missionary jailed in North Korea urges U.S. to help with his return

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 - 01:13

Jan. 20 - Jailed U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae urges Washington to step up efforts to secure his release from North Korea nearly 15 months after his arrest. Deborah Gembara reports.

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U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, who is being in a North Korean jail, made his second public appearance since his 2012 arrest. Speaking to media outlets in Pyongyang, he urged Washington to step up its efforts to have him released. SOUNDBITE (Korean) U.S. Missionary, Kenneth Bae saying: "I want to be pardoned by the North as soon as possible and return to my beloved family. For that, I ask the U.S. government, press, and my family to make more active efforts and pay more attention." The 45-year-old native to Korea, was leading a tour group through the country when he was arrested. Bae was sentenced to 15 years hard labor on grounds he plotted to overthrow the state. SOUNDBITE (Korean) U.S. Missionary, Kenneth Bae saying: "I would like to plea with the U.S. government, press, and my family to stop worsening my situation by making vile rumors against North Korea and releasing materials related to me, which are not based on the facts." It isn't clear at this point why Pyongyang allowed the news conference. There's been no official contact between the two countries since North Korea called off talks regarding Bae last August.

Missionary jailed in North Korea urges U.S. to help with his return

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 - 01:13

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