A Korean American has been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labor by North Korea, reports the Washington Post
Kim Dong-chul was born in South Korea and is a naturalized American citizen formerly from Virginia. He was accused of “perpetrating the state subversive plots and espionage against the DPRK,”
“The accused confessed to all crimes he had committed to overthrow the social system of the DPRK while viciously slandering the dignity of its supreme leadership and its political system and gathered and offered information on its party, state and military affairs to the south Korean puppet regime, which are tantamount to state subversive plots and espionages,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Kim is the second American currently being held by North Korea. Otto Warmbier from the University of Virginia was sentenced to 15 years for committing a crime “pursuant to the U.S. government’s hostile policy” towards North Korea. The country uses its American prisoners as bargaining chips in negotiating with the U.S. All the Americans previously detained before Warmbier and Kim have been released after visits from high profile Americans such as Presidents Bill Clinto and Jimmy Carter.
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