North Korea sentences U.S. citizen to 15 years of hard labor
May 2nd, 2013
05:57 AM ET

North Korea sentences U.S. citizen to 15 years of hard labor

By Jethro Mullen and K.J. Kwon, CNN

A North Korean court has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years of hard labor, saying he committed "hostile acts" against the secretive state.

The country's Supreme Court delivered the sentence against Pae Jun Ho, known as Kenneth Bae by U.S. authorities, on Tuesday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

The KCNA article said Bae a Korean-American, was arrested November 3 after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a port in the northeastern corner of North Korea. It didn't provide any details about the "hostile acts" he is alleged to have committed.

Following the sentence, his case could get caught up in the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, which spiked recently after the North carried out its latest underground nuclear test in February and as the United States and South Korea held joint military drills in the region.

The intensity of the menacing rhetoric from North Korea appears to have subsided recently, and the U.S.-South Korean drills finished this week, removing one source of friction. But Kim Jong Un's regime, which has demanded that North Korea be recognized as a nuclear power, remains unpredictable.

The United States has seen the reports of Bae's sentencing, a State Department official said, and is working to confirm them through the Swedish Embassy.


Filed under: North Korea • State Department
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. wjmccartan

    Another reason that our current policy toward North Korea is nothing but a bunch of right-wing idiocy!!!!!! We need to engage in diplomatic talks and stop these stupid "economic sanctions" and this "show of force".

    May 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      You might check Google but last I heard this current admin. is very left-wing

      May 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,yah just the administration and you have McCain and your buds Graham ,others just nauing at the bit to start another war and you marine know it!!

        May 4, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  2. John Scott Russell

    That's not right . The mad man across the water

    May 2, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply

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