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Jan 20, 2014 2:21 PM

Family Of Man Held In North Korea Worried, Encouraged

SEATTLE - The family of a Washington state man held more than a year in North Korea is both heartbroken and encouraged by the news conference in which Kenneth Bae apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.

Family friend Derek Sciba in Seattle says it was heartbreaking to see him in a prison uniform but encouraging to see and hear him.

Sciba is a friend of Bae's sister, Terri Chung of Edmonds, and part of a group pushing for Bae's release.

Sciba noted that another American who was held in North Korea, Merrill Newman, made a similar statement before he was freed, although Sciba has no idea whether Monday's news conference may be part of some process.

Bae was seized in November 2012 while leading a tour group.

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