24-year-old Matthew Miller is the youngest of the three Americans being held in North Korea and allowed to speak to CNN yesterday. He was arrested last April for what North Korean authorities describe as "rash behavior." The circumstances surrounding Miller's arrest remain murky, but he is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum. Kyung Lah is in Miller's hometown of Bakersfield, California and found few people are willing to talk about the situation.
Former Ambassador Bill Richardson has negotiated with the North Koreans several times. He tells Anderson that this interview with the three Americans is likely a sign that Kim Jong Un's regime is ready to deal.
In the last 24 hours, CNN was given access to three Americans being detained in North Korea. CNN's Will Ripley and his team were not told who they were going to interview when they were suddenly driven into Pyongyang. When they arrived, Will was given the opportunity to sit down with detained Americans Kenneth Bae, Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle.
Terri Chung is Kenneth Bae's sister. He has been held by the North Koreans for nearly two years. She told Anderson that he doesn't look like himself, he has lost a ton of weight and he's clearly under a lot of strain.
Laura Ling was imprisoned in North Korea for 140 days in 2009. She joins the AC360 Later panel to discuss American prisoner Kenneth Bae and the inflammatory comments of NBA star Dennis Rodman.
AC360 Exclusive: Terri Chung was “shocked and outraged” when she heard Dennis Rodman accuse her brother of unspecified offenses in North Korea. Chung recently spoke to her brother, Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned there for over a year and confirms that he’s ill and still being held in the hospital.
85-year old Merrill Newman is back home in California after being detained by the North Korea government for more than a month. The Korean War vet said in a statement today, "The North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister. It is now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. With the benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that." But another American, Kenneth Bae, is still being held by North Korea after being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. Anderson spoke with Bae’s sister Terri Chung about his ordeal.
Two Americans are living a cold war nightmare right now inside North Korea. More than a month ago, 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was dragged off his flight home from Pyongyang and arrested. North Korean authorities just released video of himapparently reading from a script, "confessing" to so-called war crimes. Kenneth Bae has been held in North Korea for more than a year and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Steven Weber is a professor of International Relations at U.C. Berkeley.
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