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Missionary jailed in N. Korea wants US to help him come home: Media

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:16 AM
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Mr Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Jan 20, 2014. Imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, he appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A United States (US) missionary imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported.

Mr Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old ethnic Korean, was arrested as he led a tour group in North Korea in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on charges of state subversion.

Mr Bae met "a limited number of media outlets" in the North Korean capital Pyongyang and expressed hope of the United States securing his release, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

Mr Bae's son Jonathan urged Washington to respond to the statement.

 
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