Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syria policy, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 11.
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Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, crossed into northern Syria on Wednesday. The secret visit was confirmed by Syrian activists at the media office at the Bab al-Salama crossing on the Turkish frontier.
Passersby watch a local television broadcast in Seoul on Thursday showing a report on the sentencing of Kenneth Bae.
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Update at 4:05 p.m. ET:
State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell raised concerns about the lack of transparency in Kenneth Bae's trial and urged North Korea to him "amnesty and immediate release."
NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that Ventrell wouldn't say whether the U.S. was considering sending a high-level envoy to Pyongyang as it has done in the past to win the release of U.S. citizens in North Korea.