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South Korea Journalists Held

South Korea – North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation with the United States.

The incident transpired from former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media venture/project. The Obama administration will take action and pursue.
“All possible channels” to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee,

North Korea is seeking to draw Washington into direct negotiations.

North Korean guards arrested Ling and Lee near the China-North Korean border on March 17. They were reporting about the trafficking of North Korean women at the time of their arrest.

The two US journalists were found guilty of committing a “grave crime” against North Korea and of illegally entering the country, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. A cameraman and their local guide were able to escape.

The ruling took place three months after the US journalist were arrested.

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