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Bae Family Hoping Rev. Jackson Goes To North Korea

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Passersby watch a local television broadcast in Seoul showing a report and picture of Kenneth Bae (R), a Korean-American tour operator detained in North Korea. (Photo by AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN)

Passersby watch a local television broadcast in Seoul showing a report and picture of Kenneth Bae (R), a Korean-American tour operator detained in North Korea. (Photo by AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN)

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SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it’s alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.

While reeling from that news, Kenneth Bae’s sister Terri Chung said in a statement Monday the family is encouraged by a growing number of people calling for his freedom — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in particular.

Chung says she and her mother have met with Jackson and support his humanitarian mission to bring Bae home.

The 45-year-old from Lynnwood, who had been living in China for seven years, was taken into custody in November 2012 while leading a tour group to a North Korea economic zone. Chung says his Christian faith got him into trouble.

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