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American held in North Korea released today

The North Korean flag flies outside its embassy in Beijing.
The North Korean flag flies outside its embassy in Beijing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a six month stint in the clutches of the North Korean regime, an American man has been sent home.

“We can confirm that Jeffrey Fowle has been allowed to depart the DPRK and is on his way home to re-join his family,” the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. “We welcome the DPRK’s decision to release him.”

The State Department said it “remains focused” on the two other American prisoners in the DPRK.

“While this is a positive decision by the DPRK, we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them. The U.S. Government will continue to work actively on their cases.”

Negotiators from Sweden apparently were instrumental in securing Fowle’s release.

“We thank the Government of Sweden for the tireless efforts of the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang, which acts as our Protecting Power in the DPRK,” a State Department spokesperson said.

As a condition of his release, the DPRK authorities asked the United States Government to transport Fowle out of the country, and the Department of Defense was able to provide transportation for him in the time frame specified by the DPRK.

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