PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea says an American detained for nearly six months is being tried on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted.
Kenneth Bae was arrested in early November in Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea's far northeastern region bordering China and Russia, according to official state media.
Friends and colleagues described Bae as a devout Christian from Washington state but based in the Chinese border city of Dalian who traveled frequently to North Korea to feed the country's orphans.
At least three other Americans detained in recent years also have been devout Christians. While North Korea's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, in practice only sanctioned services are tolerated by the regime.