North Korea frees US citizens Kenneth Bae and Mathew Miller

Released men returning home with director of US national intelligence James Clapper

US citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the US government said today. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

US citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the US government said today. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

 

US citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the US government said today.

Mr Bae and Mr Miller were being accompanied by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, his office said.

Mr Bae, a missionary, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for crimes against the state.

Mr Miller, who reportedly was tried on an espionage charge, had been in custody since April this year and sentenced to six years of hard labour.

“We are grateful to Director of National Intelligence Clapper, who engaged on behalf of the United States in discussions with DPRK authorities about the release of two citizens,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“We also want to thank our international partners, especially our Protecting Power, the government of Sweden, for their tireless efforts to help secure the freedom of Mr Bae and Mr Miller.”

Reuters

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