North Korean media has detailed the reasons why Bae was sentenced. Among the list of alleged crimes was 1) setting up bases in China for the "purpose of toppling the DPRK government," 2) encouraging DPRK citizens to bring down its government and 3) conducting a "malignant smear campaign." KCNA added that Bae had planned what it called a "Jericho operation" to bring down North Korea through religious activities. It suggested that Bae could have been sentenced to death, but avoided it through "candid confession of his crimes."
- U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae spoke to pro-North Korea, Japan media Choson Sinbo
- In interview, he asks for U.S. and North Korea's help to release him
- Bae appears thinner and breaks down when speaking of his father
- Bae was sentenced 15 years of hard labor in North Korea