N. Korea: US must apologize to free detainees

Jeffrey Fowle home in West Carrollton. (WDTN Photo)
Jeffrey Fowle home in West Carrollton. (WDTN Photo)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – North Korean legal experts say the U.S. government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle.

The two North Korean law experts said Thursday that getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will likely require an official statement of apology and formal request from Washington.

Fowle was flown out of North Korea on Tuesday after being detained for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub. State media said he was released after leader Kim Jong Un granted him a special pardon following “repeated requests” from President Barack Obama.

There has been no word on whether any progress has been made toward getting Miller and Bae released as well.

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