Reports: North Korea sentences U.S. citizen to 10 years in prison for espionage

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This picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 25, 2016, shows Kim Dong-Chul, a Korean-American as he addresses a news conference in Pyongyang on March 25. A Korean-American detained in North Korea admitted to attempting to steal military secrets as he was paraded in front of media groups in Pyongyang. Kim Dong-Chul, 62, who became a naturalised US citizen in 1987 and was arrested on espionage charges in October last year, pleaded for mercy during his carefully orchestrated confession, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported

Friday’s sentencing comes after an American University student was sentenced to 15 years in prison for what North Korea described as committing anti-state activities while visiting the country as a tourist earlier this year, the Associated Press reported.

Kim said he was first approached by South Korean intelligence officers in 2011 to engage in paid espionage, the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported. He was arrested while receiving a USB stick containing military and nuclear secrets from a source

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