North Korea to formally indict detained US journalists Adrienne Lester at 2:06 PM ET
[JURIST] North Korean state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [media website] reported Friday that two US journalists arrested in March will stand trial. While the charges remain unclear, it is possible the journalists will face charges of espionage [AP report]. According to the South Korea Ministry of Unification [official website], espionage charges in North Korea carry at least a five year prison sentence in labor camps. There are concerns that North Korea will use the journalist as leverage [BBC report; JURIST comment] in international negotiations as North Korean regime has been the subject of considerable international pressure over its refusal to fully disclose its past nuclear activity. US State Department spokesperson Robert Wood said [press briefing] Friday that, "we continue to call on the North Koreans to release the two Americans so they can be returned to their families. Well continue to work this issue through diplomatic channels."
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