US journalists to face trail in N Korea

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Laura Ling and Euna Lee
Seoul, Jun 4: Two American journalists will go on trial in North Korean capital Pyongyang on Thursday.

Earlier the two US journalists, Laura ling and Euna Lee were arrested by the North Korean soldiers on Mar 17 as they were filming along China's Tumen river border with North Korea.

"The trial depends on how useful the North Korean regime feels they are for political purposes," the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) quotes Ha Tae-keung, president of Open Radio for North Korea, as saying.

Ha Tae-keung also said, "Usually a trial in North Korea is one day. There is no debate." While the court will almost certainly find both Ling and Lee guilty, probably of spying charges.

The two journalists work for Al Gore's Current TV network. The focal point of their mission was to interview female defectors, often forced into marriages and prostitution in China, and they were believed to be hoping to film defectors as they crossed the ice on the narrow, shallow river in harsh winter weather.

They have been held in what's described as a 'state guest house' near Pyongyang. They have received just two visits by a Swedish diplomat representing US interests in North Korea in the absence of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

ANI

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