North Korea http://kplu.org en U.S. Envoy to Travel to North Korea, Seek Kenneth Bae's Release http://kplu.org/post/us-envoy-travel-north-korea-seek-kenneth-baes-release <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The State Department says a U.S. envoy will travel to North Korea this week to seek the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the authoritarian country.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The visit by Bob King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will be the first public visit by a senior administration official to North Korea in two years.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:07:17 +0000 The Associated Press 9774 at http://kplu.org U.S. Envoy to Travel to North Korea, Seek Kenneth Bae's Release North Korean group releases video interview of held Lynnwood man http://kplu.org/post/north-korean-group-releases-video-interview-held-lynnwood-man <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A North Korean media outlet has released footage of an interview with Kenneth </span>Bae<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the </span>Lynnwood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/03/world/asia/kenneth-bae-korea-interview/index.html" target="_blank">undated footage released via CNN</a>, </span>Bae<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he is mainly working in farm fields, but only for eight hours a day. </span>Bae&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">stated his handlers are “considerate, so I’m not working too hard."</span></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:17:21 +0000 Martha Kang, Gabriel Spitzer & The Associated Press 9243 at http://kplu.org North Korean group releases video interview of held Lynnwood man North Korea: Lynnwood man starts life at 'special prison' http://kplu.org/post/north-korea-lynnwood-man-starts-life-special-prison <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">North Korea says an American citizen sentenced to 15 years hard labor has started life at a "special prison."</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>No other details were immediately available Wednesday about&nbsp;<font color="red">Kenneth</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Bae</font>. Pyongyang said earlier this week that&nbsp;<font color="red">Bae</font>&nbsp;informed his family on Friday that he couldn't appeal his April 30 sentence and that he asked his family to urge Washington to push for his amnesty.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 06:38:29 +0000 The Associated Press 8782 at http://kplu.org North Korea: Lynnwood man starts life at 'special prison' North Korea: Detained Lynnwood man smuggled in propaganda http://kplu.org/post/north-korea-detained-lynnwood-man-smuggled-propaganda <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">North Korea says a Korean-American man sentenced last week to 15 years' hard labor smuggled in unspecified inflammatory literature and tried to establish a base for anti-Pyongyang activities at a hotel in the border city of </span>Rason<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The statement late Thursday from an unidentified Supreme Court spokesman provides the most in-depth look so far of Pyongyang's allegations against Kenneth Bae. But it is still short on specific details. Bae hasn't made a public statement.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:49:37 +0000 The Associated Press 8723 at http://kplu.org North Korea: Detained Lynnwood man smuggled in propaganda Rodman urges Kim Jong-Un to free Lynnwood, Wash. man http://kplu.org/post/rodman-urges-kim-jong-un-free-lynnwood-wash-man <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NBA star Dennis Rodman, who recently made waves with his visit to North Korea, has called on the country’s leader to free the American man being held captive.</span></p><p>“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 <a href="https://twitter.com/dennisrodman/status/331826019747127297" target="_blank">tweeted Tuesday</a>.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 18:06:03 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 8689 at http://kplu.org Rodman urges Kim Jong-Un to free Lynnwood, Wash. man North Korea: Lynnwood man won't be used as bargaining chip http://kplu.org/post/north-korea-lynnwood-man-wont-be-used-bargaining-chip <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">North Korea on Sunday revealed a few more details about a Korean-American recently sentenced to 15 years' hard labor, saying he entered the country with a disguised identity. Pyongyang also rejected speculation that it intends to use Kenneth&nbsp;</span>Bae<span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 1.4em; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;as a bargaining chip.</span></p><div class="body" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Mon, 06 May 2013 03:52:19 +0000 The Associated Press 8671 at http://kplu.org North Korea: Lynnwood man won't be used as bargaining chip U.S. calls for North Korea amnesty of sentenced American http://kplu.org/post/us-calls-north-korea-amnesty-sentenced-american <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. is calling for North Korea to grant an amnesty for the immediate release of a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The 44-year-old&nbsp;<font color="red">Kenneth</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Bae of Lynnwood, Wash.</font>&nbsp;is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others eventually were deported or released without serving out their terms, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former presidents.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:01:56 +0000 The Associated Press 8657 at http://kplu.org U.S. calls for North Korea amnesty of sentenced American North Korean trip shines light on plight of Seattle area man http://kplu.org/post/north-korean-trip-shines-light-plight-seattle-area-man <p>Controversy surrounding travel to North Korea by a private delegation, including Google executive Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, is bringing attention to the story of a Lynnwood man who's been detained in North Korea for more than two months.</p><p>(Click on the listen button for the complete story.) Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:03:13 +0000 Paula Wissel 7506 at http://kplu.org