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ICC Note: Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen and Christian, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in North Korea. While the exact reasons behind his arrest remain unclear, some suspect it may have had to do with his work visiting orphanages in the country. The Christian faith is completely banned in North Korea and practicing Christianity can lead to to imprisonment of up to three generations of ones family. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who made an unusual visit to North Korea’s leader in recent months, has called for Kenneth Bae to be released.  
05/09/2013 North Korea (UCA News) – Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman is apparently using the friendship he has developed with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to call for the release of Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years of labor in the isolated Republic.
“I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him ‘Kim,’ to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman said on Twitter.
Bae, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in South Korea, was arrested on Nov. 3 in the North Korean city of Rason (formerly Rajin) while escorting five European tourists. He was later sentenced to 15 years behind bars, supposedly for endangering national security.
The 44-year-old tour operator apparently had links to the Christ-centered, humanitarian outreach Joseph Connection, located in Ohio, which arranges trips to restricted countries “to touch the average person.”
“I knew that Jesus wanted me to be a ‘channel’ to the North,” Bae reportedly told a Korean congregation in the U.S. in 2011. “This year, I’m working at taking several short term missionary teams into North Korea.”
The White House and a number of human rights organizations have called for the 44-year-old U.S. citizen to be released immediately, with the U.S. State Department asking for Bae to be granted amnesty.

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