Mother visits American detained in North Korea
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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.
(Video courtesy NDN)