US man detained in North Korea hospitalised, says sister
SEATTLE (AP) - The family of an American man detained in North Korea says he has been hospitalised, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent.
Ms Terri Chung is the sister of Mr Kenneth Bae, a tour operator and Christian missionary who has been detained for the past nine months. She said on Sunday the family recently learned her 45-year-old brother, who suffers from an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain, has been transferred from a labour camp to a hospital.
She says a deputy ambassador from Sweden met Mr Bae at the hospital on Friday. Sweden acts on behalf of American interests in Pyongyang because the United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.
Mr Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for alleged subversive activities. His sister says he has lost more than 23kg.