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Mother desperate to secure Kenneth Bae release from N. Korea

The mother of Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, said Tuesday she was "more anxious than ever" to secure her son's release after visiting him in prison. Myunghee Bae said she had been able to see her son three times during her five-day stay in North Korea and was "relieved" to see that his health had improved in the past two months. Bae was earlier reported to be suffering serious health problems and to have lost more than 50 pounds (23 kilogrammes) since being jailed nearly a year ago.

Former U.S. President Carter has no plans to visit North Korea: aide

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - A representative for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter denied reports on Monday that he was planning to visit North Korea soon to try to win the release of an American citizen being held in the reclusive nation. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Carter, 88, would be visiting soon to urge the release of Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced in May for committing crimes against North Korea.

Jimmy Carter to visit N. Korea 'soon' for rescue mission: RFA

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- Former United States President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea "very soon" to win the release of a Korean-American man detained there, a U.S. radio station reported Sunday. Carter "is scheduled to visit North Korea very soon to discuss the release of Kenneth Bae," the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said in a report, citing multiple human rights officials. Last week, Kyodo News Service reported that Carter is considering a visit to Pyongyang at the invitation of the North Korean government, citing a U.S. source.

No plan for Jimmy Carter to visit North Korea to free American

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who has traveled to North Korea before to try to free a detained American, has no plans to do so for an American sentenced on Thursday to 15 years of hard labor, Carter's spokeswoman said. "President Carter has not had an invitation to visit North Korea and has no plans to visit," Carter's press secretary, Deanna Congileo, told Reuters in an email.

N. Korea won't invite US figure over jailed American

North Korea said Sunday it would not use a jailed US citizen as a "bargaining chip" with Washington, and no prominent Americans would be invited to discuss his case. "Some media of the U.S. said that the DPRK (North Korea) tried to use Pae's case as a political bargaining chip. This is a ridiculous and wrong guess," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. "The DPRK has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards Pae's issue."

N. Korea won't invite US figure over jailed American

North Korea said Sunday it would not invite any leading US figure to seek the release of a jailed American and he would not become a "bargaining chip" in any political negotiations. "Some media of the U.S. said that the DPRK (North Korea) tried to use Pae's case as a political bargaining chip. This is a ridiculous and wrong guess," a foreign ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. "The DPRK has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards Pae's issue."

N. Korea sentences US citizen to 15 years' hard labour

North Korea has sentenced a US citizen to 15 years of prison labour for "hostile acts" against the communist regime, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday. Pae Jun-Ho, known in the United States as Kenneth Bae, was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason. "The Supreme Court sentenced him to 15 years of compulsory labour for this crime," KCNA said. Pyongyang has not specified the basis of the crimes allegedly committed by Bae, who is believed to be a Korean-American tour operator.
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