The unexpected release of American prisoner Jeffrey E. Fowle has sparked some hope for the families of the 2 remaining American prisoners being held in North Korea. On Tuesday, officials in North Korea released an Ohio man who had been held prisoner in North Korea for roughly 6 months. Fowle was handed over to U.S. officials in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. He is currently flying home to his hometown in Ohio.
Release Of Prisoner In North Korea Sparks Hope For 2 Remaining Americans
Jeffrey Fowle was arrested earlier this year while on vacation in North Korea, because he left a copy of the Bible in his hotel room when he checked out. Though this may seem like a petty crime to most people in the Western world, the country of North Korea has no tolerance for religious freedoms, and sees the spreading of outside religions as an offense.
Another American is also being held prisoner in North Korea under charges of proselytizing, which is spreading the ideals of a religious faith. Kenneth Bae has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the harsh country for his offense. He still has roughly 12 years remaining on his sentence, but his family if hopeful that North Korea will not keep him that long.
The other remaining American prisoner, Matthew Miller, is also serving hard labor in North Korea. Labor is a typical form of punishment in North Korea, but is a very difficult sentence to endure due to poor standards of living for prisoners.
The U.S. has made many attempts to hold talks about the citizens being held in North Korea, but the reclusive country has been ignoring these attempts for most of the time. The relationship between the U.S. and North Korea has been a shaky situation since the 1950’s when the two countries reached an agreement to ceasefire. The war has officially been underway since then for the past 60 or so years, though the ceasefire has been adhered to by both sides. Continued political and economic tensions in North Korea may eventually help expedite the release of the remaining two Americans, as the country becomes more desperate for aid from foreign nations.
Release Of Prisoner In North Korea Sparks Hope For 2 Remaining Americans.