Two American prisoners freed from North Korea


Jeffery Fowle, a man from Ohio, embraces his children after being released from imprisonment in North Korea. Fowle has been detained in a North Korean labor camp for at least six months. Now, two weeks later, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are coming home. Photo credit: MCT Photo.

Madeline Schramm, Staff Writer

The US government announced Saturday, November 8 that two American prisoners in North Korea are been released and “are on their way home” said the US government, according to CNN.

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are being released after a rare visit by U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to Pyongyang as an envoy of President Barack Obama.

The departure of these two from North Korea comes less than a month after they released Jeffrey Fowle, an Ohio man who spent five months in detention for allegedly leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors.

Bae had been held since late 2012, and in April 2013 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for ‘hostile acts’ against the North Korean government. Earlier this year, Bae- who had been transferred to a hospital last year – told a Swedish diplomat that he was worried about his health.

Miller had been detained since April. In September, he was convicted of committing acts hostile to North Korea and sentenced to six years of hard labor.

According to CNN; Bae, Miller, and Fowle were interviewed for five minutes each in September. They told the reporter that North Korean labor camps have you work for eight hours a day, six days a week. And while neither Bae, Miller, now Fowle complained about living conditions, claiming they were as humane as possible, all three men told their loved ones to keep praying and begged the US government for assistance.

Now, all three men are home. The fear and agony their families felt is over.

“I think it is great that they were released because they were arrested under suspicion and they deserved a fair trial,” senior Charlotte Aguilar said.