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American Matthew Miller Describes North Korean Prison Sentence as 'Isolation'

Matthew Miller, sentenced to six years' hard labor in North Korea, said when he's not working "it's isolation, no contact with anyone."

An American sentenced to six years of hard labor in North Korea said his life now oscillates between agricultural labor and isolation. Matthew Miller, 25, said he’s written letters to U.S. officials from Michelle Obama to current and former secretaries of state John Kerry and Hillary Clinton asking for help.

“Prison life is eight hours of work per day. Mostly it's been agriculture, like in the dirt, digging around. Other than that, it's isolation, no contact with anyone,” Miller said in a closely supervised interview with The Associated Press, in which he appears with a shaved head and a loose-fitting grey prison clothes. Miller was arrested in North Korea on April 10 and sentenced on Sept. 14 for what Pyongyang called “hostile acts." State media said at the time he tore up his tourist visa. In the video, Miller is seen making a phone call and handwritten letters to his family and U.S. officials are shown. He is shadowed by a uniformed North Korean guard throughout.

Matthew Miller appears in an interview with APTV in North Korea, which was supervised by minders.APTV


— NBC News and The Associated Press