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Jailed US citizen Bae speaks at Pyongyang briefing: Reports

Published on Jan 20, 2014 7:47 PM
 
Kenneth Bae, the US citizen jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appealed to go home at a brief news conference in Pyongyang, reported on Monday, Jan 20, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS / KYODO

TOKYO (AFP) - Kenneth Bae, the US citizen jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appealed to go home at a brief news conference in Pyongyang Monday, reports said.

The Korean-American admitted to wrongdoing and called on the US government to help secure his release so that he could return to his family "at the earliest possible date", Japan's Kyodo news agency said.

There was no way of knowing if Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator also known by his Korean name Pae Jun-Ho, was speaking under duress.

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old US veteran detained for weeks by North Korea, said after his release that a videotaped confession he made while being held was given involuntarily.

 
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