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Kenneth Bae's first meal back home: pizza

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 01:48

North Korea detainee Kenneth Bae enjoys pizza for his first meal back home after being freed by Pyongyang. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korea detainee Kenneth Bae's first meal back home was pizza. His sister Terri Chung said, "None of us had eaten dinner so we were trying to figure out oh where should we go eat and we thought about all of our favorite Korean restaurants and he said well I don't want Korean food, that's all I've been eating for the last two years. He said I want a burger or pizza." Chung said despite being held in North Korea for two years, her brother held no ill will towards the country and its leaders. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been doing hard labor for months in North Korea, were accompanied on their journey home by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a senior U.S. official said. Their release came less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang. The two men arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma in Washington state on a Boeing C-40 Clipper aircraft bearing the words "United States of America." A smiling Bae exited the aircraft and in an emotional reunion on the tarmac greeted his mother, sister, brother-in-law and two young nieces. Miller followed minutes later and also hugged family members. Both men had close-cropped hair. Bae, 46, a Korean-American missionary from Lynnwood, north of Seattle, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for crimes against the state. Miller, in his mid-20s, was reportedly convicted on an espionage charge and in custody since April, serving a six-year hard labor sentence. Bae thanked President Barack Obama and the North Korean government for his freedom and said he appreciated the thoughts and prayers of people who supported him. When asked about his health, Bae said he was still recovering. His family had expressed concern about his wellbeing during his detention, saying he had diabetes, an enlarged heart, deteriorating vision and back and leg pains. Miller did not speak to reporters.

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Kenneth Bae's first meal back home: pizza

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 01:48