(From Reuters)

North Korea’s Supreme Court sentenced a Korean American man to 10 years of hard labor on Friday for subversion, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, in the latest conviction of a foreigner for crimes against the isolated state.

Kim has said he is a naturalised US citizen who used to live in Virginia

Kim Dong Chul was arrested in North Korea in October and had admitted to committing “unpardonable espionage” including stealing military secrets, the North’s official news agency reported earlier.

“The Supreme Court of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Friday sentenced South Korea-born U.S. citizen Kim Dong-chul to 10 years of hard labor for subversion of the DPRK social system and espionage activities,” Xinhua said.

There were no further details.

North Korea, which has been criticized for its poor human rights record for years, has used detained Americans in the past to extract high-profile visits from the United States, with which it has no formal diplomatic relations. Read More

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