The U.S. is pressing North Korea to release a Korean-American Lynnwood resident, who has been held for nine months on charges of trying to overthrow the communist regime, the Yonhap news agency reports.
Kenneth Bae, who is based in China, was traveling in North Korea in November when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, Yonhap reported.
“We’ve requested the North release Mr. Bae on humanitarian grounds. His health is suffering. … We hope they will listen to our request,” Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, told reporters in Seoul.
The envoy, however, refused to elaborate on whether the U.S. government has made any progress in its discussions with Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, to win Bae’s release, according to the Yonhap report.