Kenneth Bae, Other Americans Detained in North Korea Plead for U.S. Help

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Kenneth Bae, a American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom.Wong Maye-E / AP

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Three Americans detained by North Korea urged Washington to send a high-ranking official to secure their release. Jeffrey Fowle, Mathew Miller, and Kenneth Bae made the plea to The Associated Press and CNN in a rare example of North Korea granting foreign media interviews. "The only hope that I have is to have someone from the U.S. comes," said Bae in the interview conducted under the watchful eye of regime officials. Bae who has been held since 2012 is accused of "hostile acts" to bring down the government.

From left: Jeffrey Fowle, Mathew Miller, and Kenneth Bae, three Americans detained in North Korea, pictured on Monday in Pyongyang.Wong Maye-E / AP

Fowle, 56 from Miamisburg, Ohio, is accused of leaving a bible at a nightclub, while North Korea alleges 24-year-old Miller ripped up his tourist visa at the airport and shouted that he wanted asylum. Miller refused to comment on this in the interviews. The men entered the country on April 29 and 10 respectively. Fowle told CNN that he had "no complaints" about his treatment. "It's been very good so far, and I hope and pray that it continues, while I'm here two more days or two more decades."


- Alexander Smith

The Associated Press contributed to this report.