2 Americans held in North Korea whisked back home

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Two Americans released from captivity in North Korea returned to the United States on Saturday night, landing at a Washington military base after their departure was secured through a secret mission to the reclusive Communist country by the top U.S. intelligence official. Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord around 9 p.m. U.S. officials said the pair flew back with James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Bae, surrounded by family members, spoke briefly to the media after the plane carrying him and Miller landed.“I just want to say thank you all for supporting me and standing by me,” he said. Bae thanked President Barack Obama and the many people who supported him and his family. He also thanked the North Korean government for releasing him.“It’s been an amazing two years, I learned a lot, I grew a lot, I lost a lot of weight,” said Bae, a Korean-American missionary with health problems. Asked how he was feeling, he said: “I’m recovering at this time.”His family has said he suffers from diabetes, an enlarged heart, liver problems and back pain, Members of Bae’s family, who live near the sprawling military base south of Seattle, met him when he landed. His mother hugged him after he got off the plane. Miller stepped off the U.S. government aircraft a short time later and was also greeted with hugs.last_img

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