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N. Korea preparing to indict 2 American tourists

By Associated Press


SEOUL >> North Korea said Monday it is preparing to indict two American detainees for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country.

Investigations into American tourists Miller Matthew Todd and Jeffrey Edward Fowle concluded that suspicions about their hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their testimonies, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a short report.

KCNA said North Korea is making preparations to bring them before a court.

Both Americans were arrested earlier this year after entering the country as tourists.

Fowle entered the county on April 29 and North Korea's state media said in June that authorities were investigating him for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit. A spokesman for Fowle's family said the 56-year-old man from Ohio was not on a mission for his church.

KCNA said Miller, 24, entered the country April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.

North Korea has also been separately holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae since November 2012. He is serving 15 years of hard labor for what the North says were hostile acts against the state.

The United States and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations, so Sweden, which has an embassy in Pyongyang, oversees consular issues for the U.S. there. Unless a detainee signs a privacy waiver, the State Department cannot give details about the case.

The Korean Peninsula is still in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from the North.

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false wrote:
there just mad because of that movie
on June 29,2014 | 05:28PM
pcman wrote:
If the US State Dept let these two men go to North Korea, the president should answer for their capture. If they went without Sate Dept approval, let them rot in North Korean jails. Simple as that.
on June 29,2014 | 05:38PM
Pocho wrote:
The President is quite tied up for the moment though
on June 29,2014 | 05:57PM
localguy wrote:
Uhhh, US Government has no control over where Americans go so quit trying to blame them. Just one of our many freedoms. These two are responsible for their acts, not our concern.
on June 29,2014 | 06:01PM
Dimbulb wrote:
I have no sympathy for idiots that travel to North Korea.
on June 30,2014 | 04:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Are you referring to a former basketball player with nose rings?
on June 30,2014 | 07:34AM
Gonzalez wrote:
Just think --- If we had "Nuked" that country like Gen. . McArthur wanted back in the 50's -- we would not be having that problem now -- Oh, I forgot - you were not around back then -- Well, try read your history book..
on June 30,2014 | 06:33AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Hostile acts according to Kim Dum Wun would be eating too much and not leaving him any.
on June 30,2014 | 07:34AM
cojef wrote:
If you travel to a country that is technically still at war, then you do so at your own risk. Mr. Todd reputedly tore up his passport and sought asylum, so let him stay there. Why get your hackles up over people who travel to hostile countries.
on June 30,2014 | 09:01AM
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