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Published On: Mon, Jan 20th, 2014

Kenneth Bae, American prisoner in North Korea, asks US government to help to get released

An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the US government to do its best to secure his release.

Kenneth Bae speaking to press, asking for US government to help get him released, screenshot of video from Pyongyang media coverage

Kenneth Bae speaking to press, asking for US government to help get him released, screenshot of video from Pyongyang media coverage

The Christian missionary, Kenneth Bae, made the comments at what he called a press conference held at his own request.

He was under guard during the appearance.

Wearing a gray cap and inmate’s uniform with the number 103 on his chest, Bae spoke in Korean during the brief appearance, which was attended by The Associated Press and a few other foreign media in Pyongyang.

“I believe that my problem can be solved by close cooperation and agreement between the American government and the government of this country,” he said.

He said he has not been treated badly in confinement.

Bae was arrested in November 2012 while working at an orphanage.

He was accused of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He was moved to a hospital last summer in poor health. He is the longest-serving American detainee in North Korea in recent years.

Kenneth Bae, photo supplied by family from Bae's visit to China

Kenneth Bae, photo supplied by family from Bae’s visit to China

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