Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American being held in North Korea, says he is worried about his health after authorities moved him back into a labour camp following a stay in a hospital.
“I know if I continue for the next several months here, I will probably be sent back to the hospital again,” Bae says in a video of a conversation with a Swedish diplomat recorded Friday (Feb. 14).
According to a story by Jethro Mullen and other contributors for CNN, footage of the conversation in the labour camp was released by Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper based in Japan that has been given access to Bae in the past.
Wearing a gray jacket with the prisoner number “103” marked on it, Bae tells the Swedish diplomat, Cecilia Anderberg, that he thinks his weight has already dropped as much as 10 pounds since he was transferred back to the camp a few weeks ago.
Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, told CNN’s “The Lead” that he looked worse than he did when he last appeared three weeks ago, in a hospital.