Family of man held in North Korea worried, encouraged

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The family of a Washington state man held more than a year in North Korea is both heartbroken and encouraged by the news conference in which Kenneth Bae apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The family of a Washington state man held more than a year in North Korea is both heartbroken and encouraged by the news conference in which Kenneth Bae apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.

Family friend Derek Sciba in Seattle says it was heartbreaking to see him in a prison uniform but encouraging to see and hear him.

Sciba is a friend of Bae's sister, Terri Chung of Edmonds, and part of a group pushing for Bae's release.

Sciba noted that another American who was held in North Korea, Merrill Newman, made a similar statement before he was freed, although Sciba has no idea whether Monday's news conference may be part of some process.

Bae was seized in November 2012 while leading a tour group.


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