The U.S. called on North Korea to grant amnesty and release a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor under charges for committing “hostile acts” against the state.
The said Korean-American is Kenneth Bae, 44, a resident of Washington state who is described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator. Apart from Bae at least sixth other Americans have been detained by North Korea since 2009.
Those detainees were either deported or released without serving their terms entirely. Some detainees were released after foreign trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.