N. Korea: Detained American Hid Identity
Entered country 'under manipulation' of 'hostile' forces
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korea today revealed a few more details about a Korean-American recently sentenced to 15 years' hard labor, saying he entered the country with a disguised identity. Pyongyang also rejected speculation that it intends to use Kenneth Bae as a bargaining chip. In remarks carried by state media, a Foreign Ministry spokesman did not specify the Washington state man's crimes but said he confessed. He said Bae entered North Korea "with a disguised identity in an intentional way under the back-stage manipulation of the forces hostile toward" the country.

The exact nature of Bae's alleged crimes has not been revealed. The North Korean spokesman dismissed as "ridiculous and wrong" speculation that Pyongyang intends to use Bae as a bargaining chip. He said the "generosity" the country showed in past cases "will be of no use in ending Americans' illegal acts." North Korea "has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards (Bae's) issue," the spokesman said.

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HANKHILL
May 6, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
hey lets trade PHARAOH BARACK INSANE OBAMA HERO OF THE ARAB WORLD FOR THIS GUY! FUBO!FUBAR!
persimmone
May 6, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
He went in looking for trouble.....let him stew in there....he probably presumed that holding an American passport would grant him protection if he was caught....USA must not go trying to help with every Tom, Dick and Harry
1492
May 5, 2013 9:04 PM CDT
If the heldee was a beautiful American woman...Kim Jung Un would be asking for Bill Clinton to come and get her. 1942