North Korea: Imprisoned Kenneth Bae's son places last hope in Dennis Rodman

Published 05 September 2013  |  
Kenneth Bae

The son of an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea is hoping that Dennis Rodman can perform a "miracle" and help bring his father home.

"North Korea is a crazy place and anything is possible, even Dennis Rodman rescuing my father," said Jonathan Bae, the son of Kenneth Bae, who was last year was sentenced to 15 years hard labor after being accused of committing hostile acts against the state.

According to a story by Russell Goldman for ABC News, Jonathan Bae admitted it was unlikely that Rodman, a flamboyant former professional basketball player, would leave Pyongyang with his father in tow, but after failed attempts through official channels it was the family's last best hope.

"It is not likely Rodman will be able to bring my father home, but miracles happen. If anyone can bring him back it's someone who calls Kim Jung-Un a friend," Bae told ABCNews.com.

Bae said he had been in touch with Rodman's representatives, but had not been promised anything.

ABCNews.com spoke with Jonathan Bae just as Rodman arrived in North Korea, his second trip to the reclusive country.

Rodman told reporters in Beijing before leaving for Pyongyang, but he woul d not say if he would be seeking Bae's release.

"I just want to meet my friend Kim, the marshal, and start a basketball league over there or something like that," said Rodman. "I have not been promised anything. I am just going there as a friendly gesture."

"I'm not there to be a diplomat. I'm there to go there and just have a good time, sit with (Kim) and his family, and that's pretty much it," ABC News reported he said.

Just days ago, North Korean officials cancelled a visit by U.S. diplomat Ambassador Robert King, citing an American military exercise held over South Korea.

Kenneth Bae, 45, was accused of trying to set up an anti-regime base in North Korea. He has diabetes and is believed to be in failing health.

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