North Korea to Try U.S. Journalists as Launch Nears

Reuters reports that plans to try the two American journalists arrested while reporting on North Korean refugees in China:

The reclusive state accused the two women reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from the U.S.-based media outlet Current TV, of unspecified “hostile acts.”

Pyongyang’s announcement comes just days before North Korea plans to put what it says is a satellite into space but which Washington and others say will be a test of a long-range missile that could carry a warhead as far as U.S. territory.

One Seoul-based analyst said intelligence reports indicated North Korea appears to have built nuclear warheads for its mid-range Rodong missiles, which can reach Japan.

See some of Ling’s previous reporting on China for Current TV, via CDT.

March 31, 2009 1:45 PM
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