Dennis Rodman back in North Korea Jan 20, 2014 14:51:40 GMT
Post by Admin on Jan 20, 2014 14:51:40 GMT
American missionary Kenneth Bae speaks to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang. Bae has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year. (Kim Kwang Hyon, Associated Press / January 20, 2014)
An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release. The missionary, Kenneth Bae, made the comments at what he called a press conference held at his own request. He was under guard during the appearance. It is not unusual for prisoners in North Korea to say after their release that they spoke in similar situations under duress.
Wearing a gray cap and inmate's uniform with the number 103 on his chest, Bae spoke in Korean during the brief appearance, which was attended by The Associated Press and a few other foreign media in Pyongyang. “I believe that my problem can be solved by close cooperation and agreement between the American government and the government of this country,” he said.
Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says. Darren Prince declined on Saturday to say which facility will treat Rodman and how long he will be there. Rodman recently returned to the United States from his latest trip to North Korea.
He later apologized for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized an exhibition game there. He also sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game.
"What was potentially a historic and monumental event turned into a nightmare for everyone concerned," Prince said. "Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination `super human' political figure and `fixer' got the better of him. "He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused."