Kenneth Bae

American Held In North Korea
11:50 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Held Lynnwood Man's Family Hoping Rev. Jackson Goes To North Korea

American missionary Kenneth Bae, second from right, arrives to speak to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP Photo

The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it's alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.

While reeling from that news, Kenneth Bae's sister Terri Chung said in a statement Monday the family is encouraged by a growing number of people calling for his freedom — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in particular.

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American Held In North Korea
3:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Family Of Held Lynnwood Man Encouraged By Obama's Remarks

American missionary Kenneth Bae speaks to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP Photo

Family members of an American missionary held more than a year in North Korea say they are encouraged by remarks from President Barack Obama.

Obama said in a speech Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast that the United States will do everything in its power to secure the release of Kenneth Bae.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

American Held In North Korea Asks U.S. To Secure His Release

American missionary Kenneth Bae leaves after speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital on Monday.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 1:38 pm

American missionary Kenneth Bae, who's been held for more than a year in North Korea following his arrest and trial on espionage charges, spoke to reporters for Western media on Monday, calling for the U.S. government to help win his freedom.

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American Held In North Korea
10:14 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Held Lynnwood Man's Family Welcomes Dennis Rodman's Apology

FILE - This 2011 file family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae.
Courtesy Terri Chung

The sister of a Washington man imprisoned in North Korea welcomed an apology from Dennis Rodman after his comments suggesting the man may have deserved his arrest.

Rodman traveled to North Korea to celebrate the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un.

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American Held In North Korea
9:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Dennis Rodman Apologizes For Comments About Held Lynnwood Man

Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP Photo

Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in an interview with CNN.

A day after the former basketball star sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and led a squad of former NBA players in a friendly game, Rodman issued the apology Thursday through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message to The Associated Press.

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American held in North Korea
3:11 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Tearful Reunion with Mother for Lynnwood Man Held in NKorea

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae talk each other during their meeting at a hospital in Pyongyang Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

The family of an ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months says he has had an emotional reunion with his mother.

Myunghee Bae was allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary, at a hospital where he has been held since August. Bae's sister, Terri Chung, of the Seattle suburb of Edmonds, said Friday that the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang attended the visit and told her it was extremely emotional.

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American held in North Korea
6:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Mother Visits Lynnwood Man Detained in North Korea

The family of an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months says his mother is being allowed to visit him.

Terri Chung, the sister of Kenneth Bae, tells The Associated Press their mother has arrived in Pyongyang and was scheduled to meet with him Friday morning local time.

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American held in North Korea
10:15 am
Fri August 30, 2013

North Korea Withdraws Invite for U.S. Envoy Seeking Bae's Release

The State Department says North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American.

Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, was due to travel from Tokyo to Pyongyang Friday to request a pardon and amnesty for Kenneth Bae.

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American held in North Korea
3:07 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U.S. Envoy to Travel to North Korea, Seek Kenneth Bae's Release

The State Department says a U.S. envoy will travel to North Korea this week to seek the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the authoritarian country.

The visit by Bob King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will be the first public visit by a senior administration official to North Korea in two years.

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American held in North Korea
10:17 am
Wed July 3, 2013

North Korean group releases video interview of held Lynnwood man

This image grab shows Kenneth Bae.

A North Korean media outlet has released footage of an interview with Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state.

In the undated footage released via CNN, Bae said he is mainly working in farm fields, but only for eight hours a day. Bae stated his handlers are “considerate, so I’m not working too hard."

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held in north korea
11:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

North Korea: Lynnwood man starts life at 'special prison'

Associated Press

North Korea says an American citizen sentenced to 15 years hard labor has started life at a "special prison."

No other details were immediately available Wednesday about Kenneth Bae. Pyongyang said earlier this week that Bae informed his family on Friday that he couldn't appeal his April 30 sentence and that he asked his family to urge Washington to push for his amnesty.

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American held in North Korea
9:49 am
Thu May 9, 2013

North Korea: Detained Lynnwood man smuggled in propaganda

A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press

North Korea says a Korean-American man sentenced last week to 15 years' hard labor smuggled in unspecified inflammatory literature and tried to establish a base for anti-Pyongyang activities at a hotel in the border city of Rason.

The statement late Thursday from an unidentified Supreme Court spokesman provides the most in-depth look so far of Pyongyang's allegations against Kenneth Bae. But it is still short on specific details. Bae hasn't made a public statement.

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American held in North Korea
11:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Rodman urges Kim Jong-Un to free Lynnwood, Wash. man

Associated Press

NBA star Dennis Rodman, who recently made waves with his visit to North Korea, has called on the country’s leader to free the American man being held captive.

“I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman tweeted Tuesday.

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American held in North Korea
8:52 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

North Korea: Lynnwood man won't be used as bargaining chip

A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press

North Korea on Sunday revealed a few more details about a Korean-American recently sentenced to 15 years' hard labor, saying he entered the country with a disguised identity. Pyongyang also rejected speculation that it intends to use Kenneth Bae as a bargaining chip.

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U.S. & North Korea
10:01 am
Fri May 3, 2013

U.S. calls for North Korea amnesty of sentenced American

A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Ahn Young-joon Associated Press

The U.S. is calling for North Korea to grant an amnesty for the immediate release of a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state.

The 44-year-old Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash. is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others eventually were deported or released without serving out their terms, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former presidents.

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