14 Apr '11, 3am

North Korea says US detainee will face charges

North Korea says US detainee will face charges

SEOUL: North Korea said on Thursday it would charge an American detained last November with crimes against the nation, amid reports he was engaged in missionary work in the hardline communist state. A man identified as Jun Young-Su has been investigated "for committing a crime against the DPRK (North Korea) after entering it", the official news agency said without specifying the offence. "He admitted his crime in the course of investigation," it said, adding officials were preparing to bring charges. The agency said Washington had been told of the arrest and Swedish diplomats, who represent US interests in Pyongyang, had visited the detainee. The US State Department disclosed the detention on Tuesday and confirmed Swedish diplomats had been given access. It gave no details of the individual but appealed for his release on humanitarian grounds. A source in Seoul familiar wi...

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