Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for “hostile acts”, on Thursday began a six-year hard labor sentence that he said involved farm work and isolation, media reports said.

Miller, 25, told the Associated Press he had written to U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton asking for help.

“Prison life is eight hours of work per day,” Miller, dressed in prey prison clothes and a hat, said in the video interview. “Mostly it’s been agriculture, like in the dirt, digging around. Other than that, it’s isolation, no contact with anyone.”

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