Sister of American jailed in N. Korea says he meant no harm
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The sister of an American tour operator and Christian missionary who's been detained in North Korea for nine months says, "Maybe he was a little bit overzealous, I'm not sure."
Kenneth Bae was accused of "hostile acts" against North Korea, and has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
His sister, Terri Chung, isn't sure why. She said there was a video of him taken several years ago in which he advocates bringing Americans to North Korea for a mass prayer session to bring about the reunification of North and South Korea. But Chung says she's sure Bae meant no harm and only wanted to help the people he met while leading more than a dozen tours to North Korea.
Chung is urging North Korea to grant clemency to her 45-year-old brother, who she fears is in failing health.
She's also urging American officials to take a more active role in seeking his release, although the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea. Chung says "the two nations really need to be engaged in a conversation."
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251-a-14-(Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, in AP interview)-"want to help"-Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, appeals for her brother's release from North Korea. (8 Aug 2013)
Created: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:14:53 EST
Updated: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:14:53 EST