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Bae family hoping Rev. Jackson goes to North Korea

Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 10:42 a.m.

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it's alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.

While reeling from that news, Kenneth Bae's sister Terri Chung said in a statement Monday the family is encouraged by a growing number of people calling for his freedom — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in particular.

Chung says she and her mother have met with Jackson and support his humanitarian mission to bring Bae home.

The 45-year-old from Lynnwood, who had been living in China for seven years, was taken into custody in November 2012 while leading a tour group to a North Korea economic zone. Chung says Bae's Christian faith got him into trouble.