May 2nd, 2013
06:39 AM ET

N. Korea sentences American to hard labor

A North Korean court has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years of hard labor, saying he committed "hostile acts" against the secretive state.

The country's Supreme Court delivered the sentence against Pae Jun Ho, known as Kenneth Bae by U.S. authorities, on Tuesday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

The KCNA article said Bae a Korean-American, was arrested November 3 after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a port in the northeastern corner of North Korea. It didn't provide any details about the "hostile acts" he is alleged to have committed.

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  1. BOMBO

    I guess Jiminy Carter will have to go over there and get him.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Stew

      Not in today's climate unfortunately bombo

      May 2, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Rodman should be a better choice.
    Lets see how the State dept. reacts.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    So this must be "chubby bubbas" big war aggression against the US after he failed miserably previously? What a tool!

    May 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    "Hard Labor".....has anyone ever been sentenced to "Easy Labor"!

    May 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    North Korea is absurdly hostile and truly uncivilised. No USA citizen should go there.
    North Korea is to the world as millions of king cobras would be to Manhattan if living on its streets.

    May 3, 2013 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. james ainoris

    Why would any american be there. Have our buddies in china turn their gass off and they will release him...

    May 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • giggig

      gasoline is payd for,with gold,Bae is one of them kullis mining from morning to eve 7 days a week.Tankers can land in NK direct from Iran.

      May 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    “Pennsylvania law requires that once a baby leaves the mother, he be treated with dignity and respect like a human being,” Cameron said. “But the question we need to ask that man sitting over at the table: Are you human? To med these women up and to cut these babies’ necks is not human.”

    May 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Mary,been off your meds long,this threads about an American prisoner named Bae in N Korea..And I'm sorry to offend you but what the hell does that have to do with that murderer in Pennsylvania sniping newly aborted babies necks and yes its gruesome but that's America today with monsters like these around every corner!!Go find this guy and end his ife yourself because you'll save everyone some money anyway!!

      May 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chucky

    He is going to diiie therrrrre.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. giggig

    Bae will be freed ,once the use of force is authorized,just follow footsteps in the procedure vs. Saddam. UN probers are by september answering human rights violations,and final report will be available mar 2014 .

    May 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |