Obama administration dispatches envoy to North Korea to secure American's release

“As the U.S. government has on a number of occasions since the April 30 verdict,” the State Department said in a statement. “Ambassador King will request the D.P.R.K. pardon Mr. Bae and grant him special amnesty on humanitarian grounds so that he can be reunited with his family and seek medical treatment.”

North Korea regularly uses American prisoners as bargaining chips for U.S. concessions on sanctions and food aid.

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