North Korea sentenced foreigner to 10 years of hard labor for subversion

Spy Sentenced To 10 Years Hard Labour In North Korea

North Korea has sentenced a 62-year-old United States naturalized citizen, who was originally born in South Korea, to 10 years' jail and hard labor for spying, the BBC reports. It said Kim was born in Seoul in 1953 and emigrated to the 1972, and later became a naturalized citizen.

According to the prosecutor, Kim was running a trade company in Rason, a special economic zone in the DPRK.

North Korea flouted that warning Thursday by firing the two Musudan missiles from sites near Wonsan, a port on North Korea's east coast, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Yonhap report said that if the claim is authenticated, it will be the latest cyber attack from North Korea of a high-profile target in South Korea and other countries.

The statement said USA troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made odd noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions.

On Tuesday, South Korean officials said the North was preparing another mid-range missile test and could also conduct a fifth nuclear test.

Some of the foreign captives told reporters after their release that officials had coerced them into confessing to crimes at news conferences in Pyongyang.

"Despite our repeated warnings, if provocations continue, then at any time, at any place, [the United States] would die a dog's death", North Korea said. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last month. The US military's Strategic Command said it tracked two launches, neither of which posed a threat to North America.

Foreigners detained in North Korea are often required to make a public, usually officially scripted acknowledgement of wrongdoing as a first step towards a possible release.

The North attempted to fire the pair of suspected medium-range Musudan missiles a little over 12 hours apart Thursday according to the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff - the authoritarian state also botched a launch involving the same kind of projectile April 15.

The sentence, handed down by the communist country's Supreme Court, follows a similar one given to an American college student, Otto Warmbier, who was caught trying to steal a propaganda banner from a Pyongyang hotel.

"A North Korean military statement Friday warned USA soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at an inter-Korean border village or they'll meet a dog's death any time and any place".

"They asked me to help destroy the (North Korean) system and spread propaganda against the government".

Pyongyang has tightened security ahead of the first ruling party congress in 36 years which will begin on May 6.



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