North Korea North Korea said Thursday that two U.S. journalists arrested nearly two months ago near the nation’s border with China will stand trial on June 4.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV media venture, were detained March 17 while reporting on North Korean refugees living across the border in China.
The brief dispatch in Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency did not say what charges they face and gave no other details. State media previously said Ling and Lee stand accused of illegal entry and unspecified “hostile” acts — charges that could carry up to 10 years in prison.
North Korea’s detention of the two Americans comes at a time of mounting tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, and there are concerns Pyongyang could use the women as bargaining chips as it seeks to position itself for talks with the Obama administration.