Kenneth Bae bears no ill will to the country that imprisoned him for two years, his sister said Sunday in Seattle.
Speaking outside her church in Ballard, Terri Chung said Bae still harbors compassion for the people of North Korea — though he has no plans to return to the Communist country any time soon.
Bae arrived in Washington on Saturday night after being released from captivity. Chung said the family got word a few days before that something might be in the works, but they didn’t learn Bae was actually on his way home until 2 a.m. Saturday.
It was after 11 p.m. when famished family members — after making their way back from Bae’s arrival at Joint Base Lewis McChord — finally got dinner on Saturday, Chung said. Bae ruled out Korean food. “He said: I don’t want Korean food. I’ve been eating it for two years,” she said. So they ordered pizza from Papa John’s.
Bae was imprisoned in November, 2012 after being accused of planning a “religious coup d’etat.” Family members say he was guiding a group of tourists to North Korea.