TOKYO (AP) — For the first time since he was sentenced eleven months ago to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea, an American man has had a visit today from his mother.
She later told Japan's Kyodo News agency that Kenneth Bae's health has gotten better since he was transferred to a hospital from a prison where he was serving his sentence. But he told her that his condition is still not good.
Bae is a Korean-American Christian missionary and tour operator who was arrested last November while leading a group of tourists in North Korea. He's a U.S. citizen, but he's been living in China for the past seven years. His family has said he suffers from diabetes, an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain.
According to a media outlet in Japan that is affiliated with North Korea, Bae and his mother met for 90 minutes at the hospital in Pyongyang where he's being treated. The Swedish ambassador was there. The ambassador serves as a liaison for U.S. matters in North Korea.
294-a-09-(Myunghee Bae, mother of detained American Kenneth Bae, in video she made before traveling to North Korea)-"praying for us"-Myunghee Bae, mother of detained American Kenneth Bae, says the support of so many people is appreciated. (10 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO TOK805: Myunghee Bae, the mother of Kenneth Bae, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, speaks at a hotel in Pyongyang Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after meeting with his son at a hospital. Myunghee Bae, who has been allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth, a Korean-American Christian missionary, told Japan's Kyodo news agency that his health has been improving since he was transferred to a hospital from a prison where he was serving out a sentence of 15 years hard labor. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (11 Oct 2013)
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APPHOTO SEA107: In this undated photo provided by the family of Kenneth Bae, Bae poses for a photo with his daughter Natalie. Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested last November while leading a group of tourists in the northeastern region of Rason in North Korea. (AP Photo/Courtesy Terri Chung) (17 Jun 2006)
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