MOSCOW, June 8 (RIA Novosti) - A North Korean high
court has sentenced two U.S. journalists to 12 years of hard
labor for illegally crossing the country's border, North
Korea's state KCNA news agency reported on Monday.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were working on a story near
the China-North Korea border for U.S. television company
Current TV, were arrested in March. The San Francisco-based
company was founded by co-former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
"The trial confirmed the grave crime they committed
against the Korean nation," KCNA reported, adding that the
court "sentenced each of them to 12 years of reform through
The women cannot appeal as they were tried in North
Korea's highest court.