Reacting to imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s recent press conference in North Korea where he seemingly admitted guilt to a serious crime, Bae’s sister expressed pain and asked for mercy for his release. She also urged President Barack Obama to do all he can to secure his return back home in America.
“To the leaders of DPRK, we understand that Kenneth has been convicted of crimes under DPRK laws. Our family sincerely apologizes on Kenneth’s behalf. Kenneth has also acknowledged his crimes and has apologized,” Terri Chung wrote in a message posted on Tuesday (Jan. 21) on FreeKenNow.com.
“He has now served 15 months of his sentence, but faces chronic health problems. We humbly ask for your mercy to release my brother,” she added.
During Monday’s press event in Pyongyang, according to China’s state-run news agency Xinhua, Bae came out in a prison uniform and asked the U.S. government, the press, and his own family to stop “worsening my situation” by making “vile rumors against North Korea,” and called for cooperation between the two countries to secure his release.
“I believe that my problem can be solved by close cooperation and agreement between the American government and the government of this country,” Bae stated.