Miamisburg man in North Korea: “I’m getting desperate”

Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea. (Photo/NBC News)
Jeffrey Fowle interviewed in North Korea. (Photo/NBC News)

PYONYANG, North Korea (WDTN) – The Miamisburg man detained in North Korea says he’ll go to trial within a month.

Jeffrey Fowle spoke to CNN’s Will Ripley in a surprise interview on Monday. CNN says it was granted access to all three Americans being held captive in North Korea. Its crew was allowed to spend five minutes with each man.

Fowle said he is being treated reasonably well. He takes daily walks with a guide and has received medical care.

Fowle was detained in May after he left a bible in a nightclub.

Fowle said, “It’s a covert act and a violation of tourists’ rules. I’ve admitted my guilt to the government and signed a statement to that effect and requested forgiveness from the people and the government of the DPRK.”

Fowle told CNN his wife and three children are the main thing on his mind. He says he has already missed two of their birthdays and the third has a birthday this week.

He is also worried about losing his job as a street maintenance worker with the City of Moraine when his vacation benefits run out.

Fowle thanked the U.S. government for working to try and free him.

He said, “I’m good for the time being but I need to let people know I’m getting desperate. I’m getting desperate for help. I understand there are now three Americans in detention now here in the DPRK, which I think is the most since the Pueblo incident.”

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