SEOUL, South Korea — Ever since his arrest in North Korea 11 months ago, the world has feared the fate of Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae.
The 45-year-old pastor is serving a 15-year hard labor sentence on the charge that he tried to “overthrow” the state. Two months ago, Bae was hospitalized thanks to his failing health, including diabetes and an enlarged heart.
Today, there’s some reason to hope. Bae’s elderly mother, Myunghee Bae, has landed in North Korea to visit her son, and plans to stay for five days. She was granted access to the isolated country after pleading with authorities, she said in a video released Friday.