North Korea urged to release US journalistsJune 9th, 2009 - 4:22 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 9 (Xinhua) The US Monday called on North Korea to release two US women journalists who were held for illegally entering that country on humanitarian grounds.
“We call on the North Korean authorities to release the two young ladies, allow them to be reunited with their families, and we’re very, very focused on that right now,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
“The whole judicial process has played out now, and we think it’s time for them to be released just on pure humanitarian grounds,” the spokesman said.
North Korea’s highest court has ordered the journalists to serve 12 years at a labour camp.
The reporters were held for illegally entering North Korea through the country’s border with China.