The State Department plans to send an official envoy to North Korea later this week in an attempt to gain Kenneth Bae's freedom.
The Atlantic Wire reports that Bob King, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, to the isolated nation to ask for the release of the 44-year-old Bae on humanitarian grounds.
Bae was sent to prison for 15 years earlier this year for, among other accusations, leading a Christian conspiracy to overtake the North Korean regime. His family says his health is failing.
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