President Obama calls for release of Lynnwood man held in North Korea

president_official_portrait_hiresPresident Obama called for the release of Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man who has been imprisoned in North Korea since last November.

Obama made the comments at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. this morning.

“… Let us never forget those who are persecuted today, among them Americans of faith,” he said. “We pray for Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who’s been held in North Korea for 15 months, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.  His family wants him home.  And the United States will continue to do everything in our power to secure his release because Kenneth Bae deserves to be free.”

Bae is from Lynnwood and lives in China with his wife and children. He was arrested by the North Korean government while leading a tour group. Bae’s family has expressed concerned about his health.


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