Monday, June 8, 2009

Journalists sentenced to 12 years at hard labor in North Korea; Gore to negotiate with DRNK

ABC Good Morning America reported on Monday June 8, 2009, “U.S. Fighting North Korea Labor Camp Sentence for Laura Ling, Euna Lee: Laura Ling and Euna Lee Were Sentenced to 12 Years in North Korean Camp”. The story is by Katie Bosland, Sarah Netter, and Katie Hinman. The link is here.

Apparently Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un want to goad the United States into concessions. Hillary Clinton has Al Gore working on negotiating some sort of release in a delicate situation related to the recent nuclear tests. The journalists were working on a TV film for Al Gore when they stepped into North Korea from China.

CBS has a story by David Straub, “North Korea: Extreme But Not Crazy: The Regime's Behavior Is Erratic But The Answer Is Stronger And Smarter Diplomacy”, link here.

John M. Glionna of the Los Angeles Times writes "North Korean labor camps a ghastly prospect for U.S. journalists: If their sentence is carried out, Laura Ling and Euna Lee face possible torture and even death in North Korea's notorious gulag system, experts say", link here.

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