September 3, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) - The family of a U.S. citizen detained in North Korea is worried about him after learning he was returned to a labor camp.
Kenneth Bae, who led tour groups in North Korea, has been held for more than a year. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for unspecified hostile acts, but was moved last summer to a hospital from a prison work camp.
His sister, Terri Chung, of Edmonds, Wash., says her family learned from the U.S. State Department on Friday that Bae was taken back to the labor camp on Jan. 20. He has been working eight hours per day, six days per week.
He had lost more than 50 pounds before being transferred to the hospital, and his family said he suffers from several health problems.