Bae family hoping Rev. Jackson goes to North Korea

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, American missionary Kenneth Bae, right, leaves after speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang. Bae, 45, who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appealed for the U.S. to do its best to secure his release. Bae has been returned to a labor camp, prompting worries about his health, his sister Terri Chung said Friday, Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)

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.