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Monday, June 30, 2014, 11:06
DPRK to try two detained US citizens
By Reuters

 DPRK to try two detained US citizens
This handout photo obtained June 10, 2014 courtesy of The City of Moraine, Ohio shows Jeffrey Fowle. The DPRK said on June 6, 2014 that the US citizen was detained for "hostile activities" after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel. (Photo / AFP)

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday it would put two US tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state, dimming any hopes among their families that they would soon be released.

"Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies," said the official KCNA news agency, referring to Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller who are being held by the country. It gave no details on when they would face court.

Fowle, a 56-year-old street repairs worker from Miamisburg, Ohio, was arrested after entering the DPRK as a tourist in late April.

Miller, 24, was taken into custody by DPRK officials after entering the country in the same month, ripping up his tourist visa and demanding asylum, according to state media.

Another US national, Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who had been arrested in November 2012, was convicted and sentenced to 15 years hard labour last year.

The KCNA announcement comes a day after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles, defying a UN ban on the reclusive state testing such weapons.

 
 
 
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