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The Today File

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November 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Sister: Kenneth Bae bears no ill will toward North Korea

Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, smiles and puts a hand to her chest as she answers questions from the media after attending Sunday service at Quest Church in Interbay on Sunday, Nov. 9. Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood man who was a prisoner in North Korea for two years, arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last night after being released with fellow U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller. His first meal at home was pizza from Papa John's, his sister said.

Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, smiles and puts a hand to her chest as she answers questions from the media after attending Sunday service at Quest Church in Interbay on Sunday, Nov. 9. Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood man who was a prisoner in North Korea for two years, arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last night after being released with fellow U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller. His first meal at home was pizza from Papa John’s, his sister said. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

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.

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