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North Korea sentences US journalists to 12 years

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North Korea on Monday found two American journalists guilty of illegal entry and unspecified "grave" crimes, and sentenced them each to 12 years of hard labor.

The news comes as the United States is mulling stepped-up measures, including interdiction of North Korean ships, to counter Pyongyang's recent belligerence.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling both worked for Current TV, a San Francisco-based news-site cofounded by former US vice president Al Gore. They were arrested in March while working on a story about North Korean defectors.

The BBC reported that North Korea announced the news in a brief statement.

"The trial confirmed the grave crime they [the reporters] committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," state-run KCNA news agency said in a brief report, adding that they were sentenced to 12 years of "reform through labour".

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