FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, a South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. The

 

              FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, a South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. The
FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, a South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. The American imprisoned in North Korea has told a pro-Pyongyang media outlet that he wants the U.S. to “try harder” to help him gain amnesty from a sentence of 15 years of hard labor for alleged crimes against the government. Bae, interviewed last week at a special North Korean prison where he is serving out his sentence, told the Tokyo-based Choson Sinbo that he had hoped to be out by Thursday, July 4, 2013 which is not only Independence Day but his father’s 70th birthday. He said he still hopes the U.S. government will help him get released quickly. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)