Korean American missionary Kenneth Bae who was held captive in North Korea for 19 months beginning in April 2013 gave his first live interview since his release to CNN this morning.
Bae was held longer than any American ever in North Korea.
“I’m thankful every day and grateful for so many people that were involved in trying to get me home,” he said. “It’s unreal just to see that I’m actually sitting in the studio talking to you … 735 days in North Korea was long enough. But I’m thankful.”
I depended on God, and lived one day at a time, Kenneth Bae about his imprisonment in North Korea https://t.co/7Fx8MIKOSi
— New Day (@NewDay) May 2, 2016
He thanked former NBA player Dennis Rodman for drawing attention to his plight, even though at the time Rodman was criticized for being critical of Bae. Throughout his ordeal, Bae kept his strong religious faith.
Thanks for the support Kenneth Bae but all that matters is you’re back in the USA with your family. Much love! https://t.co/ZSFZLIw2Fz
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) May 2, 2016
“Along the way, I found my way adjusting to life in the North Korean prison, just depending on God and I knew the U.S. government would do everything possible that (would) bring me home.”