On Wednesday, Pyongyang announced that their Korean-American prisoner Kenneth Bae or known as Pae Jun Ho in North Korea, has begun his stay at a special prison. North Korea sentenced Bae 15 years of hard labour for committing acts of political aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Bae was arrested last month at Rason City, northeast of North Korea.
The official North Korean state-run news agency KCNA said that Bae “is now starting his life at a special prison on Tuesday, but no details were given about the place he is staying in.
The United States, which still has great tensions against North Korea, had asked for the country to surrender Bae and grant amnesty. However, the North Korean government has not given any type of response. Dennis Rodman, who visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un on February, plead to get Bae home, but his efforts also had no effect.
North Korea says that Kenneth Bae is not a “political bargaining chip” wherein the country released several Americans they have captured after a few visits from the former American presidents. North Korea only says that Bae is not guaranteed any humanitarian generosity if the United States continues their hostile policy against North Korea.
North Korea’s sanctions began with its nuclear weapons development programs. In March and April, the United States and North Korea clashed once again as North Korea made threats against the United Nations and the United States.