10 Years of Hard Labor for American in DPRK

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  1. Pathfinder

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    North Korea sends another US citizen to prison


    DPRK Reason for Arrest and Sentencing:

    "The Supreme Court of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on April 29 held a trial on Kim Tong Chol, a Korean-American who was arrested while perpetrating the state subversive plots and espionage against the DPRK. Attending the trial as observers were citizens from different walks of life. The trial examined the case of Kim, accused of violations of Articles 60 and 64 of the DPRK Criminal Code. And a written indictment confirming his crimes was submitted before inquiries into the facts of the case. In the course of the inquiry, the accused confessed to all crimes he had committed to overthrow the social system of the DPRK while viciously slandering the dignity of its supreme leadership and its political system and gathered and offered information on its party, state and military affairs to the south Korean puppet regime, which are tantamount to state subversive plots and espionages. Then, witnesses made statements and evidence was presented to prove the crimes of the accused. The prosecutor demanded 15 years of hard labor to the accused, contending that he is bound to face a stern punishment under the DPRK law as he committed the said offenses in a scheme to overthrow the socialist system of the DPRK. The defense counsel asked the court to commute the demanded penalty, arguing that the crimes by the accused are very serious but he is old and may repent of his faults, witnessing for himself the true picture of the prospering DPRK. The court sentenced him to ten years of hard labor."


    North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

    Kim Dong Chul was sentenced after a brief trial in Pyongyang by North Korea's Supreme Court, which found him guilty of espionage and subversion under Articles 60 and 64 of the North's criminal code.

    North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies in an attempt to overthrow its government. Outsiders say North Korea seeks to use its U.S. detainees to wring concessions from Washington.

    Further details were not immediately available. When Kim was paraded before the media in Pyongyang last month, he said he had collaborated with and spied for South Korean intelligence authorities in a plot to bring down the North's leadership and had tried to spread religion among North Koreans before his arrest in the city of Rason last October.

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Wo...korea-sends-another-us-citizen-to-prison.ashx
     
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    Sven Teh Viking dood Industry Professional Ret. Military

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    At this point I find it ridiculous that Americans still want to go to North Korea voluntarily:eek:. They'll take anything they can get and trump up charges against you and with their diplomatic ties with the US, or lack there of, you're probably not going home.

    Seriously, stay out of North Korea$%$%!
     
  3. Atilla

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    America should impose a travel ban, these idiots are risking your countries foreign policy in the region for their own entertainment. This is like the people who want to climb mount everest, it's all show and unnecessary danger.
     
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    Everest is safer.

    Climb Everest and fall or freeze, you're wounded or die.

    Visit North Korea and put one toe a milimetre out of line, you get 10 years hard labour in a prison where the guards are permitted to rape you.

    And considering that most people who live 'freely' in NK are starving, chances are you'll starve within a month.
     
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    Get a load of this



    I will admit some of the art and architecture is nice. Those mosaics in the Subway are huge and the hotels are very grand, the sad thing about it is that you can't stop thinking about how the countries money and resources were used to build the nice hotel instead of feeding a peasant in the country side.

    By visiting North Korea and spending money there you are inadvertantly giving the regime a green light.
     
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    Should, but wont. It goes against the US tenant of personal freedoms. Advisories are in place, but people are left to their own when deciding whether or not to heed their warnings.

    I also don't think the US should stop negotiating for the release of its citizens, or using the military to EVAC people from conflict zones. Though they do use care, as seen in Yemen when the US military refused to take part in an EVAC and left citizens to rely on foreign military help or their own devices.

    We value personal freedoms too much to impose travel bans, and this includes freedom to make mistakes and freedom to learn from or ignore the lessons consequences teach us.

    There's so much evidence suggesting North Korea is a dangerous stop for Americans to travel to, if people want to ignore the historical precedents, then so be it.
     
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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    We should let everyone know if they go to places deemed risky or dangerous by our government that no money or other resources will be spent on rescuing them. They will not be taken into consideration during any diplomatic negotiations.
     
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    I agree and disagree:confused:. I believe the US military should partake in mass evacuations, such as those in Egypt or Yemen if unexpected occurances arise and people are left without a contingency plan and resources are nearby to assist, or other nations are EVACing their citizens and can help.

    The Gator Navy exists for these kinds of issues and has been used for mass EVACs

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    But if you're a single person or family traveling to a place like North Korea or Syria or Iran, you know the risks and the US shouldn't be responsible for your return home. You're putting an unnecessary amount of risk on US foreign policy, resources and prestige with your actions.
     
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