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American detained in North Korea feels 'abandoned'

By Gene Johnson

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2014

SEATTLE >> The family of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years says reports that he feels abandoned are devastating.

A pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan published a new interview with Kenneth Bae in which he is quoted as saying that nothing seems to be happening in his case and he feels abandoned.

He was also quoted as saying that he fears being sent back to a labor camp because of his bad health.

Bae's sister, Terri Chung, said Thursday that it was the first word the family has had of him since mid-April, and it was hard to hear. She renewed her call for the White House to do whatever it can to free him.

Bae is one of three U.S. citizens being held in North Korea.

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