Mother of imprisoned American in North Korea to see ailing son
SEATTLE (REUTERS) – The mother of an imprisoned American missionary and tour operator has arrived in North Korea to visit her ailing son, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in May on charges of state subversion, his family said on Thursday.
The family of Kenneth Bae said that Myunghee Bae expected to be in North Korea for about five days for a trip in which she aimed “to encourage her son,” who has diabetes and was in ill health.
“I don’t really know what to expect for my trip. All I know is that I want to see my son,” Bae’s mother said in a statement in which she also expressed gratitude to Pyongyang for allowing the visit.
Bae, 45, was detained last November as he led a tour group through the northern region of the country. His sentencing came amid acrimonious relations between Pyongyang and Washington over the reclusive state’s nuclear programme.