North Korea to start trial of US Journalists

North Korea put two U.S. journalists on trial on Thursday on charges of illegally entering the state with "hostile intent".

North Korea to start trial of US Journalists

North Korea put two U.S. journalists on trial on Thursday on charges of illegally entering the state with "hostile intent".

The journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling of the U.S. media outlet Current TV, were arrested in March near the border between China and North Korea while working on a story. The TV network was co-founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

North Korea's KCNA news agency said in a one-sentence dispatch that the trial would begin at 0600 GMT (3 p.m. local time) at one of the country's highest courts.

Experts say the pair could face a sentence of 10 years or more of hard labour in the state.

"The country is being very careful in dealing with the two U.S. citizens and is aware of international attention and the implications of the case," said Park Jeong-woo, a law professor at Kookmin University and an expert in the North's legal system.

In a separate incident that increased tensions with its neighbour, a North Korean patrol boat briefly crossed a disputed maritime border with South Korea but retreated after a warning, the Yonhap news agency quoted the South's office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.


Reuters

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