Jeffrey Fowle released by North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans held by North Korea, has been released, the White House says.

Fowle, 56, who was detained in June, allegedly for leaving a Bible in his hotel room in North Korea, was home today after negotiators secured his release. At the time, North Korean state media said he had “acted in violation of the [North Korean] law, contrary to the purpose of tourism during his stay.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the Pentagon provided Fowle with a flight home.

“While this is a positive decision by the DPRK, we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and call on the DPRK to immediately release them,” Earnest said, referring to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

[NPR]

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