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The last four members of Congress who served in the Korean War have written to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urging him to release American missionary Kenneth Bae.

Bae was sentenced to 15 years hard labor after he was arrested for so-called anti-government acts while leading a tour group in Pyongyang in Nov. 2012.

A copy of the letter obtained by Reuters said the representatives urged the secretive state to act as it had done in the case of Merrill E. Newman, an elderly U.S. Korean War veteran detained and then released after a month by North Korea in December.

"You have done the right thing by releasing a fellow Korean War veteran, Merrill E. Newman, to return home, you would be making further progress on the humanitarian front by freeing Kenneth Bae to reunite with his family," the letter said.

Reuters did not name the signatories, but the last four representatives to serve in the 1950-3 Korean War are Reps. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Howard Coble (R-NC), according to Rangel's website.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, at a press conference in Pyongyang on Jan. 20.KYODO / Reuters