U.S. has been unsuccessful in their recent attempts to contact the
Korean-American detained last year allegedly on charges of committing
crimes against the nation. The U.S. was able to make contact with
Kenneth Bae via the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, but access to Mr.
Bae has not been granted in the last few weeks according to Victoria Nuland, the spokesperson for the Department of State.
U.S. has an agreement with Sweden for the Swedish embassy in
Pyongyang to act as a de facto embassy and deal with any consular
related issues for American citizens.
Bae was leading a tour group that entered the country at the
beginning of November. Early reports suggested he was arrested due to
a member of his tour party having a disk containing classified
information. Other reports have suggested his arrest was due to the
taking of photographs. To date, the exact details of the charges brought against Mr. Bae have not been forthcoming.
Ms. Nuland said that, "As
we said about three or four weeks ago, we had contact through our
Swedish protecting power. We have not been able to have another
contact since then. We continue to ask."