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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
Journalists Held in N. Korea Face 10 Years' Labor
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)

(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. (Read more reporters stories.)

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