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Q&A Robertson& Beattie / U.S. Nokor Citizen / The United States Monday called on North Korea to free 44-year old Korean-American Kenneth Bae (bay), who along with four other tourists, was arrested last year and charged with committing crimes against the state. Bae was detained on November 3 as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason, which lies in a special economic zone near the border with Russia and China. The official Korean Central News Agency said the man, whose Korean name is Bae Jun Ho, confessed to unspecified crimes that it said were "proven through evidence." Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson tells VOA's Victor Beattie, barring some diplomatic breakthrough, Bae may remain a long time in North Korea.

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