In a press conference under guard supervision, Kenneth Bae, the longest-serving American prisoner in North Korea in recent years, pleaded for the U.S. to work diplomatically for his release. "I believe that my problem can be solved by close cooperation and agreement between the American government and the government of this country." However, it is unlikely that Bae is warming up to North Korea. Bae appeared in an inmate's uniform and under guarded supervision. Kim Jin Moo, a North Korea expert at the state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul, said "The reason why North Korea had Kenneth Bae make this statement... is that they want Washington to reach out to them."
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