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.