Cantwell Statement on the Release of Kenneth Bae

SEATTLE – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement on North Korea’s release of Kenneth Bae.

“It is overdue but much appreciated good news to hear of North Korea's release of Washington resident Kenneth Bae. Puget Sound and Lynnwood, Washington, cannot wait to welcome him home.

“I want to thank the State Department, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the Obama Administration for securing the release of Mr. Bae.

“Kenneth Bae's family remained resolved and focused for the last two years, constantly advocating for his release.  His sister, Terri, and son, Jonathan, made numerous trips to Washington, D.C., and other locations advocating for Kenneth.  They were steadfast. 

“For all those involved, we give our heartfelt thanks for ending what could have been more than a decade of further detainment of Kenneth Bae. It will be good to have Kenneth on American soil.”