Envoy Visits Jailed US Journalists in N. Korea
Diplomat granted access for first time since women received 12-year sentence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 5:18 AM CDT
Euna Lee and Laura Ling were sentenced to 12 years hard labor by a North Korean court earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, File)
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(Newser) – A diplomat has been allowed to visit Euna Lee and Laura Ling for the first time since North Korea sentenced the US journalists to 12 years' hard labor, CNN reports. The Swedish ambassador, acting on behalf of the US, met with the journalists in Pyongyang, according to the State Department. The ambassador is pressing the North Koreans for more information on the women, and "many different avenues" are being pursued in a bid to free them, said US officials.