American Jeffrey Fowle Released From North Korea

Oct 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm |

Kim Jong Un

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After nearly six months of being held captive in North Korea, American Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was unexpectedly released from Pyongyang and returned back home to Ohio.

Tensions run high between Pyongyang and the U.S. over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Fowle, who was in the country on a tourist visa last April, was arrested after leaving a bible in a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea.

In a report released by the Korean Central News Agency said Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, took “a special measure” by releasing Fowle, and took “into consideration the repeated requests of U.S. President Barack Obama.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said that there is no agreement for an exchange of goods or services.

Once back home, Fowle did not talk to reporters. He did, however, stand on his front porch with his arms wrapped around his family for the press to take photos.

Tim Tepe, Fowle’s attorney, released a statement after stating that Folwe was in good health and was “treated well” in North Korea:

“Jeff is home. We would like to thank God for his hand of protection over Jeff these past six months, providing strength and peace for his family in his absence. Although we are overjoyed over Jeff’s return home, we are mindful that Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller continue to be detained by (North Korea) and understand the disappointment their families are experiencing today that their loved ones were not returned with Jeff.”

Americans Kenneth Bae, 46, and Matthew Miller, 25, have been sentenced to years in prison and hopefully will be released soon as well. Bae allegedly was charged for trying to topple the North Korean regime and Miller is sentenced to hard labor for “hostile acts.”

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