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American Held in North Korea Receives Emotional Homecoming

  • VOA News

After six months of detention in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle has returned home to an emotional family reunion.

Fowle flew home Wednesday to his Midwestern home state of Ohio, where he was met by his wife and three young children with tears and hugs.

Pyongyang abruptly released Fowle on Tuesday with no explanation, except to say that he was freed following "repeated requests" from U.S. President Barack Obama.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no deal -- in his words "quid pro quo" -- had been struck with North Korea in Fowle's case.

While U.S. officials welcomed Fowle's release, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said there is continued concern about two Americans who remain in custody.

“We remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller, and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them,” said Harf.

Fowle was arrested after leaving a Bible in a North Korean restaurant and bar. His family denied that he traveled to the country on a church-related mission.

Miller was sentenced to six years of hard labor after being convicted of “hostile” acts against North Korea. Bae received a 15-year prison sentence, also for “hostile” acts.

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