2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

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  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Aug. 2, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    I wish them well. God´s work can be dangerous.

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    @happy2bhere, you might have a good point. Rodman seems to be welcome there, as North Korea's president loves basketball. As far-fetched as it might sound at first glance, it is something that could be worth pursuing. I feel bad for the families of these men, especially the one with children.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    hutterite and Iron Rod,

    you are right, these guys should not go to NK and blatantly disobey the laws there. They should expect to be responsible for breaking the law.

    now if we could only expect illegal immigrants to ALSO bear the consequences of breaking OUR immigration laws,

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    I agree with the above comments.

    Why do these people go to North Korea and leave Korean Bibles around the area and then when they are caught they cry help from our government?

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Having lived in Korea 24 years ago as an Expat I learned that North Korea is not normal. Logic and common sense are not words in their vocabulary. My 2nd son served 2 years in Korea on his mission and has a Masters in Asian Studies (Korean) from the U of Washington. He got a visa into North Korea 5 years ago. When asked where he learned his fluent Korean he could not say missionary service as he knew they would either question his intentions for being there or detain him. He had a great experience and was able to talk to government and military people. Most are good people who have no clue outside of their North Korean world. Talk about brainwashed and secluded. He was a celebrity as not too many 6'3" blond haired blue eyed Americans can speak their language. He made friends and was invited back anytime. BUT he did not try to leave a bible or preach any religion as you have to respect their laws even if you do not agree with them. Not sure a visit right now is a good idea. I think I will eat my kimchee on the south side.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:42 a.m.


    I agree, I wouldn't go to North Korea for any reason, and certainly I would not be carrying anything that is illegal in their country. Maybe we should send Dennis Rodman to help get these people released.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    What is a 56 year old municipal worker doing in North Korea? This guy wasn't a 'tourist'. And anyone with the wherewithal to end up there should know that bringing a bible in, let alone leaving it there, is prohibited. You may not like that idea, but that's the way it is.
    It's tiresome that people go there and then cry for help when they inevitably get into trouble. These guys are the religious equivalent of out of bounds skiers, 12 year olds sailing solo round the world or 'hikers' who choose Iran instead of the Appalachian trail or something. It's high risk behaviour that we shouldn't encourage or bail out. Religion, meet Darwin, in other words. Or, as has been the case in the past, we could send an ex president to secure their release. It's W's turn. Good Luck!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 1, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    Lot's of luck!

    We can't even get a captured Marine out of Mexico, and have no terrorists to trade for.