US urges N.Korea to free 'deteriorating' American
WASHINGTON, 2013 (AFP) - The United States on Monday urged North Korea to free a jailed US citizen, warning that his health was deteriorating.
The State Department confirmed accounts by Kenneth Bae's sister that the Korean-American tour operator was moved from prison to a hospital in North Korea.
"It's clear that Mr. Bae's health is deteriorating," State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters.
"We will continue to urge the DPRK to grant him amnesty and immediate release so he can return home," she said, using the North's official name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.