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July 31, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Kenneth Bae may be sent back to North Korean labor camp

After struggling with life-threatening health issues earlier this year, Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood may be sent back to a North Korean labor camp, according to CNN, which cites a Japanese newspaper. Bae, who’s been North Korea’s longest-held U.S. captive since the Korean War, pleaded for quick intervention while wearing a blue labor camp uniform in a…

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September 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Tuesday Memo: Worm diplomacy … Windows phone poll … Teachers vote

Will Dennis Rodman take up the case of the Lynnwood man being held in North Korea? The former basketball star is in North Korea to visit his “friend,” leader Kim Jong Un, but declined to say if he’ll help Lynnwood’s Kenneth Bae who’s been held there for what the country says is…

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August 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

N. Korea disinvites U.S. envoy seeking Lynnwood man’s release

North Korea rescinded an invitation to a  U.S. envoy who was to travel to Pyongyang on Friday to negotiate for the release of an imprisoned Lynnwood man. Family members of Kenneth Bae, who was detained last November and accused of committing “hostile acts” against North Korea, said in a news release that they were disappointed but “have…

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August 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

U.S. envoy to go to N. Korea to seek Lynnwood man’s release

WASHINGTON  — A senior U.S. envoy will travel to North Korea this week to seek the release of a Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the authoritarian country, the State Department said Tuesday.

The visit by Bob King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will be the first public trip to North Korea by an administration official in more than two years and could provide an opening for an improvement in relations severely strained by Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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August 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

U.S. reportedly pressing N. Korea to release Lynnwood man

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…

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July 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Video: Kenneth Bae asks U.S. for help from North Korean prison

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…

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May 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor in N. Korea

The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea  — North Korea says a Lynnwood man detained for nearly six months has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for crimes against the state. Pyongyang state media said Thursday that the trial took place Tuesday but provided no other new details in announcing Kenneth Bae’s sentencing. Bae was tried in…

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April 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

North Korea says it will indict Lynnwood man

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea said Saturday it will soon put a detained American from Lynnwood on trial for allegedly trying to overthrow the government, further complicating already fraught relations between Pyongyang and Washington. The indictment of Kenneth Bae comes in the middle of something of a lull after weeks of war threats and other provocative…

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December 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Lynnwood man held in North Korea

A Lynnwood man is reportedly being held by the government of North Korea. The New York Times reported Thursday that 44-year-old Kenneth Bae was detained in early November, while escorting five European tourists through the North Korean city of Rajin. The paper said Bae runs a travel company that specializes in taking tourists and potential investors…

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