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Global Post: U.S. Concerned About Health of Korean Am Held Prisoner in North Korea

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Kenneth BaeThe U.S. government after seeing the first footage of Kenneth Bae since he was sentenced to hard labor by North Korea in April is expressing grave concern about his health, reports the Global Post.

In a video taped interview with the Chosun Sinbo, Bae looks frail and appears to have loss considerable weight.

“We have seen the interview footage of Mr Bae. It’s clear that his health is deteriorating which is of course of grave concern to all of us,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“We urge, and have urged many times, North Korean authorities to grant Mr Bae amnesty and immediate release.”

Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being accused of distributing anti-government literature in North Korea and for trying to establish a subversive base in Rason.

“What I did was an unpardonable act, but I wish for a smooth and quick settlement so that I can be reunited with my family,” Bae said who is from Washington state.

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