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US citizens detained by N. Korea appeal for help

SEOUL--Three U.S. citizens held in North Korea pleaded Monday for help to secure their release but said they have been well treated in the hard-line communist country.

“Continue to pray for me,” Kenneth Bae, the longest-held detainee, said in a message to family and friends, asking them to work for his release.

Bae told the network he was working eight hours a day, six days a week at a labour camp, but added he had been treated “as humanely as possible.”

Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller were speaking to CNN at a hotel in Pyongyang.

Bae was arrested in November 2012 and later sentenced to 15 years' hard labour on charges of seeking to topple the North Korean government.

Fowle, 56, entered the North on April 29 and was arrested after reportedly leaving a Bible at a hotel.

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