KommentariiVrazhdebnye deystviya08.06.2009Amerikanskie journalist PhenyanaOsuzhdennye become instruments of policy in North Korea admitted to American journalists for crimes against the state. That was reported by Associated Press, referring to the Central News Agency DPRK.
According to the agency, journalist Laura Ling and Yong Lee pleaded guilty to illegally crossing the border and run smear campaign against the country. According to the North Korean side, the journalist crossed the border "to prepare a series of videos for the DPRK's accusation of human rights violations", said BBC.
Journalist, working for independent television channel Current TV, were arrested on March 17, 2009 near the border to North Korea Tumen River (on the territory of Russia is called the Tumen River). Telekorrespondenty filmed story about the plight of Korean refugees. Then in the South Korean broadcast channel YTN channel, it was stated that the DPRK border guards crossed the Chinese border and detained amerikanok on someone else's territory, said Reuters. However, this information has not been confirmed by Chinese authorities.
June 8, Laura Ling and Yong Lee Korean court sentenced to 12 years' corrected through labor "(imprisonment in a labor camp) for illegally crossing the border with China and the crimes against the state. Then the official Pyongyang is not elaborated on the essence of crime. The trial lasted five days journalists.
Cegodnyashnee Statement Central news Agency DPRK made in anticipation of the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama, and South Korean President Lee Myung tank. Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced that all charges against the detainees of the country "are not unfounded."