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North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen to 15 Years of Hard Labor

North Korea has sentenced an American citizen — reportedly arrested while taking pictures of orphans –¬† to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for plotting to overthrow the government, the official North Korean news agency said.

Kenneth Bae, 44, has been detained in North Korea since last November in Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea’s northeastern border with China and Russia. The state media, KCNA, did not specify details of the Supreme Court’s sentence¬† which said, “In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the DPRK with hostility toward it.”

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