North Korea 'to try US reporters'
A state run news agency in North Korea has announced that the two US citizens seized March 17 will be tried for illegal entry and hostile acts. The two, Euna Lee and Laura Ling were detained while working and filming N. Korea. The N. Koreans maintain that the journalists crossed the frozen Tumen River. The third journalist, who escaped capture, maintains that they were in Chinese territory at the time.
Two US journalists detained in North Korea are to face trial on charges of illegal entry and hostile acts, a state-run news agency has reported.
Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were seized along the Chinese border on March 17.
The illegal entry of US reporters into the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] and their suspected hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their statements," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Tuesday.
Communications with the secretive country are difficult because the US has no embassy in North Korea. Swedish officials act on behalf of the US.
This latest announcement serves to ramp up the already high tensions between N. Korea and Japan and United States. North Korean military is planning to launch a missile that may pass over Japan. Depending on the country, the missile is part of the North Korean's space exploration programme or testing a potential ICBM capable of carrying nuclear weapons.