American citizen imprisoned for espionage in North Korea

North Korea has condemned a man who was a naturalized American citizen, to ten years hard labour after finding him guilty of espionage.  Kim Dong-chul, 62, who was born in South Korea, was arrested last October.

It appears that Kim admitted to the charges in Pyongyang last month in front of a number of journalists and said that he had been paid by South Korean secret service officials.

The United States has accused North Korea of using its citizens as “pawns” in a diplomatic game. Pyongyang denied the charges.

In March, an American student Otto Frederick Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of stealing a propaganda banner and of “crimes against the state”.

Source: BBC