Macomb Town Councilman Sends Letter To Kim Jong Un

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Former St. Lawrence County Democratic Chair and one-time U.S. presidential candidate Stephan Burke has sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asking him to allow him to visit the country and bring home imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae.

Burke, now a Macomb town councilman, wrote the letter requesting permission to travel to North Korea to help secure Bae's release.

The 45 year old Bae has been held as a prisoner in North Korea for over a year.

Burke says he is calling on Kim Jong-Un to "show the humanitarian side of North Korea" suggesting it would help open up trade relations for tourism and farm commodities.

"I felt somebody should offer to travel there and speak with the North Korean leader and bring Kenneth Bae back home," said Burke.

Burke says he spoke with Bae's sister by phone Thursday and the family expressed appreciation for his efforts.

So far, he hasn't gotten a response from the North Korean leader.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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