Journalists Held in N. Korea Face 10 Years' Labor

Pyongyang links detained reporters to missile launch
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 7:23 AM CDT
American journalists Laura Ling, right, and Euna Lee. North Korea's state-run news agency says the two reporters detained in March 2009 will be tried for illegal entry and hostile acts.   (AP Photo/Yonhap)
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(Newser) – The two American journalists arrested in North Korea face 10 years in a labor camp if convicted, the Telegraph reports. The women appear caught in a diplomatic showdown ahead of North Korea's planned launch of what the US, Japan, and other nations say is a ballistic missile. A government radio broadcast said today the journalists would be tried for "hostile acts" and warned that North Korea would "will relentlessly shoot down" any American aircraft, the Washington Post reports.