Mum visits American detained in North Korea
TOKYO (AP) - An American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months has told his mother in their first meeting since his detention that his health is improving but is still not good, according to a Japanese media report on Friday.
Mrs Myunghee Bae, who has been allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary, told Japan's Kyodo news agency that his health has been improving since he was transferred to a hospital from a prison where he was serving out a sentence of 15 years of hard labour.
Mrs Myunghee Bae met her son on Friday at the hospital, Kyodo said. The report from Pyongyang did not give any further details, but said the two may be allowed to meet again before she leaves the country.
Mr Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested last November while leading a group of tourists in the northeastern region of Rason in North Korea. Bae is a US citizen but had been living in China for the past seven years.