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Family of Washington Man Held in NKorea Worried, Encouraged

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SEATTLE (AP) - The family of a Washington state man held more than a year in North Korea is both heartbroken and encouraged by the news conference in which Kenneth Bae apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.
    
Family friend Derek Sciba in Seattle says it was heartbreaking to see him in a prison uniform but encouraging to see and hear him.
    
Sciba is a friend of Bae's sister, Terri Chung of Edmonds, and part of a group pushing for Bae's release.
    
Sciba noted that another American who was held in North Korea, Merrill Newman, made a similar statement before he was freed, although Sciba has no idea whether Monday's news conference may be part of some process.
    
Bae was seized in November 2012 while leading a tour group.

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