US citizen held in North Korea moved to hospital: Report
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Mr Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, has been moved from a prison camp to a hospital in Pyongyang as his health deteriorates, US media reported.
Mr Bae's sister Terri Chung told The New York Times and CNN on Sunday that her 45 year-old brother has lost more than 23 kg and has problems with his kidneys and liver.
"He has a host of ailments," Ms Chung said. "Some of them have worsened considerably enough to warrant a hospital transfer." She said that the US State Department informed the Bae family that the Swedish ambassador met with Mr Bae in the hospital on Friday.
The United States has no diplomatic ties with North Korea, and the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang acts on behalf of Washington in consular matters.