Pyongyang sentences two South Korean detainees to life


Pyongyang, June 23 (IANS) North Korea on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment two detained South Koreans accused of spying for Seoul’s intelligence agency.

North Korean authorities claimed that Kim Guk-gi and Choe Chun-gil were spies sent by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service to Pyongyang to pry into the country’s state and military secrets, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The North’s supreme court held a court session for the two South Koreans who were arrested for suspected spying for the US and the South,” state-run, Korean Central Television said.

“Kim and Choe were sentenced to hard labour for life on charges of spying.”

The two were among four South Koreans detained in North Korea, including missionary Kim Jung-wook and Joo Won-moon, a 21-year-old South Korean student with a US green card.