Imprisoned American Christian in North Korea Issues Appeal for Help
ICC Note: Earlier this month a pro-North Korean Japanese newspaper released a video of imprisoned Christian Kenneth Bae. It is the first images of Kenneth received since he was arrested by North Korean authorities in November of last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “plotting to overthrow the regime.” A devout Christian, many believe Kenneth was detained for missionary activity related to the official tours inside North Korea he operated.
7/3/2013 North Korea (Christian Post) – American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, currently serving 15 years in North Korean for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, has appeared in a new video speaking of health difficulties and calling on the U.S. to help secure his freedom.
Bae, otherwise known as Pae Jun Ho, was prosecuted in April for hostile acts against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and began serving his sentence at a forced labor camp in May. He was initially arrested on Nov. 3, 2012, while leading a tour in North Korea’s Rason City. It was revealed that in addition to visiting orphans during his visits to the oppressive communist country through his tour company, Bae apparently took part in evangelism activities. He shared during a 2009 sermon at a U.S. church that he hoped through prayer and worship to bring down North Korea’s walls, in a project he called “Operation Jericho.” The charges were detailed online by the state-led Korean Central News Agency.
During the interview conducted by pro-Pyongyang publication The Choson Sinbo, Bae apologized for the crimes and pleaded for help due to health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver and a back problem, and expressed a desire to be reunited with his family, according to a copy of the video made available to CNN.