May 3rd, 2013
09:21 PM ET

American sentenced to prison in North Korea

A man with a "big heart", his sister says, who traveled to North Korea frequently.  So, who is Kenneth Bae, and why has North Korea sentenced the Korean-American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea? CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

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    August 14, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  2. britney

    Laura Ling and Euna Lee were women married to white men. That was a factor in the United States decision to get involved. In the case of an Asian with an Asian family,,, Asian man is simply not important enough to intervene. So it goes with race and gender in America. Asian women marry white men to be closer to power, whether consciously or subconsciously. Laura Ling and Euna Lee can sob and cry all they want about how scared they were to be in North Korea for a few months without doing any work...Kenneth Bae will actually have to serve his 15 year sentence.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  3. giggig

    Go there with an anouncement,not an ultimatum.Establsi absolute air-dominace over North Korea in accordance of the UN Mandate(s) 1953. This means aircrafts from 22+ countries can participate. Get assurance all of them,if they can be drumed-up for this,include Russia and China. Security peacekeepers sectional plan as follows : East of changjin-gang river as far down South as conveniant,occupyable and safe to Russia. West as far as safe and conveniant to China.The rest then divided for the participating UN-Nations to the DMZ , unarmed free passages anytime northbound and southbound.Arrest warrant for DE Haague ,for KIMjungUN for crimes against humanity ,ethnic cleansing and human right violations(political prisons through generation of inmates,horrifying tortures,etc. Carbon-copy in Leafletts dropped with B-52 runs to cover all sectors of NK.Amnesty to defectors , they'll get to keep their hand-guns and rifles.

    May 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  4. 4theGood

    I happen to agree with Jackson. This goes for others who have been captured and we have had to grovel to get your release.
    I feel the same about people who climb dangerous mountains, or go hiking in the forests and get lost and we have to send out rescue teams (who endanger their own lives) to rescue those who are foolhearty enough to do these things.
    Know that......the USA shouldn't have to negotiate with terrorists, and it is SELFISH of you and your family to expect them to.

    May 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  5. kari

    Oh puhleaeeeeze. They arrested him because he's a Korean AMERICAN...They already hate America, and now they're mad because he's an American of Korean decent.

    May 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply

    A little logic goes a long way.If you follow this path of logic ,you see a pawn,north of Seoul this country attemping to get and preserve a bartering chip.This is not a poker game.This human being falls right into place in the same place as hostages in Iran.

    May 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton-2


    May 5, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  8. Jackson

    How much taxpayers' money and government offials' time are we going to spend on this. What nonsense. Any American, ANY, who is stupid enough to enter North Korea needs to understand that they enter at their own risk.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
  9. Pete

    This prisoner is just a tour guide from the states and is just there because hes fluent in Korean and has a Korean background,that makes him quilty that's insane at best..UN had better give him a speedy release or in time all hell against his country will break loose and he'll see what powers of America he has to put up with!!!

    May 4, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  10. saeed

    USA is a Irish Ghanaian half breed country china is technologically superior and will win in every match.

    May 4, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      start learning how to make burgers out of fake meat, or rat meat, an occupational hazard of hanging around with Chinese

      May 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply

      If so and it is agreed,then China is not saying a boo about this man's detention.

      May 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply

      Here are some hard facts,:China is no news item questions the gentleman' s long hard stay at present.If it has all this power as said,then an early release is expected,but paper tigers are just that,dragons too?

      May 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  11. USMC1371

    So sorry but you knew the risk before you went. Enjoy the stay.........

    May 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      A American citizen is a American citizen. Dik head.

      May 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Ok derp let me explain this slowly to you. It's called personal resposeablity. I know since you live with your parents and that check comes once a month you don't know this but most people are held accountable for their actions. He made a decision to go where it is common knowledge that Americans are the enemy now he is being held for that decision. Got it????

        May 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • byron

        I have to agree with USMC on this one. I'm sick of Americans doing what ever they please then the government bailing them out because they make stupid decisions. Well guess what this is real life it's sad sometimes but true. I love my country will everything in me but I would not use her to get outta trouble when I know better, grow up and realize whats going on around you. Hope he likes rice!

        May 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm |

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