Jimmy Carter Plans N. Korea Rescue Mission 'Very Soon'

Ex-prez will try to free Kenneth Bae
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 7:29 AM CDT
Kenneth Bae, right, has been sentenced to 15 years of "compulsory labor" in North Korea.   (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Bobby Lee, File)
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(Newser) – Possibly for the first and only time, Jimmy Carter and Dennis Rodman share a common goal: securing the release of Kenneth Bae, the Korean-American tour guide serving a 15-year sentence for allegedly trying to bring down North Korea's government. The ex-president—who succeeded in a similar mission in 2010—plans to visit Pyongyang "very soon" to press for Bae's release, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Earlier this year, Rodman urged his pal Kim Jong Un to "do me a solid" and release Bae. He pledged to return to North Korea in early August, but it's not clear whether that trip is still on. (Read more Kenneth Bae stories.)

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