SEATTLE (AP) – Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the US government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.
And his sister said he had one stipulation for his first meal back home: No Korean food.
“He said, ‘I don’t want Korean food, that’s all I’ve been eating for the last two years,”’ Terri Chung said Sunday outside her Seattle church. “We had a late night eating pizza.”
Bae and Matthew Miller, another American who had been held captive in North Korea, landed Saturday night at a Washington state military base after a top US intelligence official secured their release.
“It’s been an amazing two years, I learned a lot, I grew a lot, I lost a lot of weight,” Bae, a Korean-American missionary with health problems, said at Joint Base-Lewis-McChord Saturday night. Asked how he was feeling, he said, “I’m recovering at this time.”