N.Korea Gives CNN Access to 3 Detained Americans

North Korea has allowed CNN to interview three Americans who have been detained there for unspecified crimes against the state. CNN aired the interviews with Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle on Monday.

"I've been going back and forth between hospital and to the labor camp for the last year and a half," Bae said in the interview. In the camp, he works eight hours a day, six days a week, doing agricultural work and other hard labor, he said.

From left, Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle on Monday From left, Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle on Monday

But Bae told CNN's Will Ripley he is being treated humanely. He said he initially did not think he had done anything wrong but realized during his trial that he had violated the law.

Bae, an evangelical Christian, was arrested for proselytizing in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

The CNN crew were on a visit to Pyongyang at the regime’s invitation and only realized that they would meet the detained Americans after they were taken to an unknown location, Ripley said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 02, 2014 09:36 KST