N. Korea Charges US Man With Coup Plot
Kenneth Bae could face death penalty
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2013 6:30 AM CDT
In this March 20, 2013 photo, a North Korean flag hangs inside the interior of Pyongyang’s Supreme Court.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – North Korea announced today that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted. The case involving Kenneth Bae, who has been in North Korean custody since early November, further complicates already fraught relations between Pyongyang and Washington following weeks of heightened rhetoric and tensions.

Bae was arrested in early November in Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea's far northeastern region bordering China and Russia, according to official state media. In North Korean dispatches, Bae, a Korean American, is called Pae Jun Ho, the North Korean spelling of his Korean name. "In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the DPRK (North Korea) with hostility toward it," the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. "His crimes were proved by evidence. He will soon be taken to the Supreme Court of the DPRK to face judgment."

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DESTRO
Apr 27, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
This doesn't affect foreign relations. The man was born in the USA... so what? He moved to a foreign country, and admittedly planned a coup plot. He should face the consequences of that country even though I think he had good intentions and NK needs change.
Who_Cares
Apr 27, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
I remember this one hot summer in Leipzig, East Germany back in 70's. After couple of bears I got so excited that I start screaming take the communists down and other staff against them. I was surprised how many "plain cloth" policeman to keep that communist wealth suddenly came out of nowhere. I am alife only because they couldn't out run me and also because someone pulled me to the door of apartment building and gave me shelter for a night. I learned couple of things: when you express your feeling about the system, make sure you can run very fast and that there as an Angel hovering over your head. STASI the East German secret police, was more efficient than KGB. Some say that Angela Merkel was in it.
Twiny
Apr 27, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
With relations as bad as they are between the US and North Korea, why in hell would any American with a half a brain in his head go there? Why would anyone be that friggin' stupid?