A Lynnwood man sentenced to hard labor in North Korea has asked his captors to “forgive” him and for the U.S. to “try harder” to bring him home.
In an interview with Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper based in Japan, Kenneth Bae spoke in Korean and said he has been working at the prison’s farm.
“I work from morning until dinner time – eight hours a day,” Bae said in the interview obtained by CNN. “People here are very considerate, so I’m not working too hard.”
Bae was working as an American tour operator in China when he was arrested last November after crossing the border into North Korea. He was subsequently found guilty of “hostile acts” against North Korea and sentenced to 15 years in the country’s notorious labor-camp system.
In the video, Bae said he hoped he could be released before July 4, his father’s 70th birthday.