Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with relatives of a Lynnwood man held by North Korea and is calling for him to be pardoned and immediately freed, our news partner, the Seattle Times reports.
U.S. officials say the detainee, Kenneth Bae, is in poor health. He was arrested in November 2012 while leading a tour group and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified anti-government activity. Supporters say he did nothing wrong.
In a statement after Tuesday’s meeting, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Bae and his family have apologized publicly for actions that led to the conviction.
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