Clinton Asks N. Korea To Grants Reporters Amnesty

July 11, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A new report by the New York Times has shown an increasingly complicated situation, as the US changes their tactic and asks for amnesty for two American journalists who have been imprisoned in North Korea.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling were in North Korea doing a story on the treatment of women forced into human trafficking rings, when they were arrested and charged with ‘committing hostile acts’ against the country.

The nature of the charges were not clear, though Ling told her sister in a phone call that they had broken an unspecified law.

With this in mind, as well as the current tensions created by N. Korea’s recently missile launches and UN sanction violations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked for amnesty.

β€œThe two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident, and I think everyone is very sorry that it happened. What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible,” Clinton said in a press statement this week.

The two reporters have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in one of the many N. Korean prison camps, but have so far not been moved from the guest house they are being held in. This has given many hope that the country will grant the call for amnesty, as it is a sign that they wish to negotiate the reporters release, or at least speak to the US.


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