North Korea Sentences Two South Koreans to Hard Labor
Two South Korean citizens detained in North Korea on charges of spying have been sentenced to hard labor for life, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said Tuesday.
North Korea first announced the arrests of Kim Kuk-gi and Choe Chun-gil in March. The two are among four South Koreans known to be detained by the communist country.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service has denied North Korea’s charge against the men.
North Korean authorities presented the two men to CNN’s Will Ripley to be interviewed after Pyongyang invited Ripley to the country in May. With government minders present during the interviews, the two men gave elaborate confessions with similar talking points.