Tearful Reunion with Mother for Lynnwood Man Held in NKorea

Oct 11, 2013

The family of an ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months says he has had an emotional reunion with his mother.

Myunghee Bae was allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary, at a hospital where he has been held since August. Bae's sister, Terri Chung, of the Seattle suburb of Edmonds, said Friday that the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang attended the visit and told her it was extremely emotional.

The mother and son wept and hugged each other. The ambassador reported that Bae looks healthier and has put back on about 15 of the 50 pounds he lost doing hard labor.

Bae was arrested last November while leading a tour group. He was accused of subversive acts against the government and sentenced to 15 years.