North Korea Releases Two American Citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller … On Their Way Home to the United States
FOX News is reporting that North Korea has released two American citizens, Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae. They are on their way home to the United States. Miller was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage, while Bae was serving a 15 year sentence for alleged anti-government activities. Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American, 56 year old Jeffrey Fowle was freed by Pyongyang.
North Korea has released two American citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Saturday.
The agency said the men have been allowed to leave North Korea and are on their way home, accompanied by agency Director James Clapper.
Bae and Miller were the last Americans held by North Korea following the release last month of Jeffrey Fowle.
Miller, who’s from California, was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage, after he allegedly ripped his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport in April and demanded asylum.
Bae, who’s from Washington state, is a Korean-American missionary with health problems. He was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-government activities.izens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller.
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In a statement Saturday, Clapper’s office said the U.S. government is facilitating the two men’s return home, though it was not immediately clear when they would arrive back in the United States.
“We welcome (North Korea’s decision to release both Mr. Bae and Mr. Miller,” the office said. “We want to thank our international partners, especially … the government of Sweden, for their tireless efforts to help secure their release.”
The U.S. State Department issued its own statement, saying, “We join their families and friends in welcoming them home.”