LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Family and friends of a Lynnwood man held in North Korea are concerned and hoping he’ll be released.

Kenneth Bae is a tour operator of Korean descent who was held after arriving with a tour on Nov. 3 to the city of Rajin, which is part of a special economic zone near China.

On Friday North Korea said he confessed to an unspecified crime. The State Department is pressing for his release through the Swedish Embassy.

The office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says she’s trying to help.

Bae’s mother lives in Lynnwood, according to the operator of a Korean language website for the Korean community in the Northwest, Chong Tae Kim of He says the mother isn’t talking with reporters, fearing that could affect her son’s release.

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