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ICC Note: In a hopeful turn of events former U.S. president Jimmy Carter may be planning a trip to visit North Korea in an attempt to free Christian missionary Kenneth Bae. The report came from a South Korean news agency citing a broadcast from Radio Free Asia, a non-profit based in Washington D.C. Kenneth was arrested in November of last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in May for allegedly committing “hostile acts” against the People’s Republic of North Korea. Christians are heavily persecuted in North Korea and as many as 70,000 are believed to be imprisoned in prison camps around the country. In the past American citizens detained by the North Korean regime have been successfully freed after a visit from leading U.S. political figures, including former presidents Carter and Clinton. 
7/29/2013 North Korea (Christian Post) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is preparing to take a trip to North Korea “very soon” to try and secure the release of Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, according to South Korea’s leading news agency.
Yonhap News Agency cited a broadcast from Radio Free Asia, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, as the source of the information regarding Carter’s purported trip to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
Yonhap reports:
Former United States President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea “very soon” to win the release of a Korean-American man detained there, a U.S. radio station reported Sunday.
Carter “is scheduled to visit North Korea very soon to discuss the release of Kenneth Bae,” the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said in a report, citing multiple human rights officials.
Last week, Kyodo News Service reported that Carter is considering a visit to Pyongyang at the invitation of the North Korean government, citing a U.S. source.
Bae, a naturalized U.S. resident of Lynnwood, Wash., was born in South Korea and living in China with his wife while operating a tour company when he was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012. Born Pae Jun Ho, Bae was prosecuted in April for hostile acts against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and began serving his sentence at a labor camp in May. It was revealed that in addition to visiting orphans during his trips to North Korea 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.”

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