Life in the camp
In the conversation Friday, Bae discusses details of his health problems, as well as the minutiae of life in the labor camp.
He says he is suffering from back pain and neck pain, making the eight hours of manual labor he does each day "very difficult."
"I've been working with my hands a lot," Bae tells the diplomat. "My hands all got numb and sore. I have some cuts."
But he says that he remains "strong mentally and spiritually, and I am trying to stay strong emotionally as well."
Bae tells the diplomat that he has access to books and television at the camp and that the staff there treat him "very fairly."
The TV antenna stopped working for a couple of weeks recently, he says, allowing him to spend "more time with the Lord, with the Bible."
"That was actually a pretty good time for me," Bae says.
Sweden represents U.S. interests in North Korea because the United States has no diplomatic presence in the secretive state.
"We again call on the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to grant Bae special amnesty and immediate release as a humanitarian gesture so he may reunite with his family and seek medical care," Psaki said Sunday. "We will continue to work actively to secure Mr. Bae's release."