North Korea returns captive American Bae from hospital to labor camp

AFP-JIJI

North Korea has moved imprisoned U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae from a hospital and back to a labor camp, a U.S. official said, which could further complicate efforts to win his release.

Bae, a tour operator described by a North Korean court as a militant Christian evangelist, was arrested in November 2012 and later sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of seeking to topple the North’s government.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington was “gravely concerned” about the health of the Korean-American, who has been in detention for more than 15 months, adding, “We continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release.