WASHINGTON — The jailed American citizen in North Korea, Ken Bae, is pleading for help and intervention from American authorities.
Reuters reports that Bae, who has been convicted of trying to overthrow the North Korean regime, was sentenced to serve 15 years of hard labor. This was surprising, given that the usual term is 10-12 years.
An edited video interview was obtained by a Japan-based newspaper, Choson Sinbo, then shared with CNN, who pleaded for help.
“My hope is that North Korea will forgive, and the U.S. will try harder to get me out speedily. I am asking for their help”
He was caught giving tours in North Korea as a service missionary running a tourism business, though Bae acknowledged he held religious services in North Korea. Bae is a naturalized U.S. citizen.