North Korea: US man Kim Dong-chul jailed for spying

    North Korea: US man Kim Dong-chul jailed for spying

    April 29, Seoul: A US man has been sentenced to 10 years by North Korea for hard labour for spying.

    Kim Dong-chul, a 62-year-old naturalised US citizen born in South Korea, was arrested last October.

    Kim had made an apparent confession in Pyongyang last month in front of reporters, saying he was paid by South Korean intelligence officers, according to reports.

    The US has previously accused North Korea of using its citizens as pawns in a diplomatic game. Pyongyang denies the accusations.

    At the time of Kim's arrest, the US State Department had said it would not be commenting on the case as speaking publicly about detained Americans can complicate the process of getting them released, BBC news reported.

    In March, US student Otto Frederick Warmbier was jailed for 15 years for stealing a propaganda sign and "crimes against the state".

    The Oslo Times


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