On Friday, the State Department announced that an American citizen, Kenneth Bae, was moved from a hospital to a labor camp in North Korea. The State Department is requesting that he be granted immediate release on humanitarian grounds, based on his being ill. Mr. Bae operated a China-based company that provided tours of North Korea. The North Korean government arrested him on the grounds that they suspected him to be attempting to take down the government through religious activity.
American Kenneth Bae, who is being held in North Korea, has been moved from a hospital to a labor camp, the State Department said on Friday.
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that the United States was “deeply concerned” by the development.
“We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae’s health” and again urge Pyongyang to grant him “special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
Bae, of Lynwood, Washington, was arrested in November 2012 in Rason, along North Korea’s northeastern coast.