Professor weighs in on why Fowle was released

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

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A local college professor is weighing in on what might have caused Jeffrey Fowle’s release from North Korea. He was being detained there after leaving a Bible in a nightclub.

The State Department told us Fowle has been evaluated by a doctor and appears to be in good health. The plane he was picked up in made a stop in Guam and Fowle’s former employer, The City of Moraine indicated he would be back in Ohio Wednesday.

City leaders there terminated employment after his extended absence but they released a statement today saying the are delighted he’s coming home. The Mayor of Moraine will be making a statement tomorrow.

The State Department directed all questions about the reasons why Fowle was released to the North Korean Government. We asked a professor of international studies from Cedarville University to weigh in.

Dr. Glen Duerr tells 2 NEWS the stop in Guam was most likely an interview with U-S officials. Dr. Duerr said America still has a lot to learn about North Korea and the debriefing may help.

He said he’s not surprised with the way North Korea released Fowle. He said this is the way they typically release Americans after detainment.

“It’s very difficult to know when you are dealing with a authoritarian country until someone tells us otherwise we seem to have to surmise from the available information, but history suggests that North Korea usually detains American civilians for a few months and then releases them,” said Dr. Duerr. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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