US Journalists Laura Ling & Euna Lee get 12 Years Hard Labor
A twelve year sentence of hard labor was handed down to US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea on Monday.
North Korea on Monday sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor in a case widely seen as a test of how far the isolated Communist state was willing to take its confrontational stance toward the United States.
The Central Court of North Korea sentenced Laura Ling and Euna Lee for the "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Korean Central News Agency said.
As a result, the court sentenced the women to "12 years of reform through labor," meaning they will serve out their sentence in a labor camp.
The U.S. State Department said it had seen the reports of the convictions and was trying to confirm it with Korean authorities.
"We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release," said spokesman Ian Kelley in a statement. "We once again urge North Korea to grant the immediate release of the two American citizen journalists on humanitarian grounds."
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