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American moved from North Korea hospital to labor camp: US

Published on Feb 8, 2014 7:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - North Korea has moved imprisoned United States (US) citizen Kenneth Bae from a hospital to a labour camp, a US official said on Friday, voicing fears for his health.

"The Department of State has learned that the DPRK transferred Mr Bae from a hospital to a labor camp, a development with which we are deeply concerned," said spokeswoman Jen Psaki, adding Washington was "gravely concerned about his health".

It was not immediately clear when the 45-year-old Korean American was moved to the camp, but Ms Psaki said Swedish embassy officials visited him there on Friday.

"We continue to urge DPRK (North Korea) authorities to grant Mr Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds," she added.

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