Date
25 September 2017
A North Korean soldier stands guard in Pyongyang. Photo: Bloomberg
A North Korean soldier stands guard in Pyongyang. Photo: Bloomberg

North Korea: Two detained Americans to face trial

North Korea will file unspecified charges against two Americans in its custody, potentially paving the way for their eventual release, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a statement from the country’s state media.

The communist regime has accused US tourists Matthew Miller and Jeffrey Fowle of “perpetrating hostile acts” after entering North Korea. The statement said the government has evidence and testimony from both men about their alleged actions.

Miller, 24, and Fowle, 56, entered the country on separate tours in April.

Japan’s Kyodo News, citing unidentified diplomatic sources, reported that Fowle was detained because a Bible had been left behind in his hotel room. The communist regime regards religion as a threat to its stability.

The trials of Miller and Fowle could be the beginning of a process in which North Korea will find them guilty and release them after securing confessions from them, the newspaper said.

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