(CNN) - An American missionary jailed in North Korea for more than a year is calling for the U.S. to help secure his release.
Kenneth Bae spoke during a news conference in North Korea Monday morning.
In it, he confessed to committing a "serious crime" against North Korea and said the nation does not abuse human rights.
And he pleaded with the U.S. government, the media and his family to stop spreading false rumors against North Korea.
Any statement made by Bae in captivity would be sanctioned by the North Korean government, which has a long history of exacting false "confessions."
Bae was arrested in November 2012 along North Korea's northeastern coast.
The devout Christian and father of three operated a China-based company specializing in tours of North Korea.
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