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American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea this week visited a detained American at a labor camp.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday it was the 12th visit by Swedish representatives since Kenneth Bae was arrested in November 2012. He is serving 15 years of hard labor for what North Korea says were hostile acts against the state.

Sweden handles consular cases for the U.S. because Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. He’s one of three Americans now held.

Harf said the department spoke to Bae’s family after Monday’s visit.

She gave no update on Bae’s condition. His family says he has diabetes, heart and liver problems.

Bae recently told a pro-North Korean newspaper his health was worsening and he felt abandoned by the U.S. government.

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