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U.S. urges North Korea to release detained American

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:46 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2013

WASHINGTON >> The U.S. is calling on North Korea to immediately release, on humanitarian grounds, an American citizen facing charges that carry the death penalty.

North Korea announced Saturday that Kenneth Bae will be tried in the authoritarian nation's Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell called for Bae's release at a news conference in Washington Monday.

He said the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang was able to visit Bae on Friday. Sweden provides consular services for the U.S. with Pyongyang.

According to state media, Bae, a tour operator of Korean descent, was arrested in early November in a special economic zone near the Chinese border.

The exact nature of his alleged crimes has not been disclosed.

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sailfish1 wrote:
Anyone who goes to North Korea is on his own - The U.S. should not waste time bailing out this guy.
on April 29,2013 | 05:51PM
SteveToo wrote:
What kind of American is crazy enough to enter N. Korea? A C R A Z Y one that's what kind.
on April 29,2013 | 06:28PM
tasod wrote:
That crazy basketball dude did !
on April 29,2013 | 06:34PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yeah but the North Koreans want no part of him. What Dennis has might be contagious.
on April 30,2013 | 07:29AM
mrluke wrote:
"urges" N. Korea! Isn't anybody just a little sick of this cr@p we take from them?!
on April 29,2013 | 06:47PM
jussayin wrote:
People take the risk when they go to NK. Next story .. ..
on April 29,2013 | 07:12PM
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