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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Kenneth Bae
The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it's alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.
North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.
The State Department says it is "deeply disappointed" in North Korea's decision to withdraw for a second time an invitation to a U.S. envoy to discuss the release of a jailed American businessman.
A U.S. citizen detained in North Korea for 15 months has been returned to a labor camp, prompting worries about his health, his sister said Friday.
Family members of an American missionary held more than a year in North Korea say they are encouraged by remarks from President Barack Obama.
President Obama prayed publicly Thursday for the release of two Americans held separately by North Korea and Iran, and said religious freedom “is under threat” around the world.
The sister and mother of a Washington man imprisoned in North Korea are attending the State of the Union Address.
Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with relatives of an American held by North Korea and is calling for him to be pardoned and immediately freed.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed on Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry met with the family of Kenneth Bae, the imprisoned pastor who has been in North Korea custody for months.
Washington's former top negotiator with North Korea says the videotaped statements by captive American Kenneth Bae this week are a sign Pyongyang is looking for a way to release the detained pastor — and that the State Department is likely now mobilizing behind the scenes to seize the opportunity.
The sister of an American detained for more than a year in North Korea echoed her brother's apology to the nation for crimes he committed and his plea to the U.S. government to ramp up efforts to secure his release.
Kenneth Bae, the American who was sentenced to 15 years in a North Korea labor camp for distributing religious materials in the atheist state, held a press conference on Monday and admitted he was guilty of a "serious crime” against the state.
The family of an American missionary held more than a year in North Korea was heartbroken and encouraged by a brief news conference in which Kenneth Bae, wearing a gray cap and inmate's uniform with the number 103 on his chest, apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.
An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.
The group also has urged government officials and scientists to offer more cellphones and to open up the Internet to the North Korean people, he said.
He said the "generosity" the country showed in past cases "will be of no use in ending Americans' illegal acts."