U.S. Citizen Sentenced to Six Years in North Korea

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Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced in North Korea on Sunday for committing hostile acts to hard labor for six years, read a statement on Sunday carried by the country’s state media.

Matthew Miller is the second American, along with Kenneth Bae, who is currently serving a sentence for hard labor in North Korea. Another U.S. citizen, Jeffrey Fowle is awaiting his trial.

The statement released said that Miller had committed hostile acts towards the DPRK when entering the country under the guise of a tourist.

The Korean version described Miller’s sentence as labor reeducation.

Miller, who is from northern California entered North Korea this past April whereupon he allegedly ripped up his tourist visa then demanded the North Korea government give him asylum.

He apparently was on a private trip without any guides, said Uri Tours, which organized his trip.

North Korea did not speak about the charges against Miller, but photos released of his trial by the media showed some of the personal possessions of Miller’s including his phone, notebook, passport and visa for North Korea, which appeared as if it were ripped.

There has yet to be a trial date announced for Fowle the third citizen of the U.S. detained in North Korea.

He was arrested during May of this year for allegedly leaving a bible in a bathroom bin in Chongjin a port city.

A source who is familiar with Fowle’s case said it was not clear why he would leave his Bible in the bathroom, but said that Fowle did not seem to be a very religious person.

Kenneth Bae a U.S. missionary has been detained in North Korea since December of 2012 and currently is serving a hard labor sentence of 15 years for what North Korea says was an overthrow plot against the country.

Earlier in September, media was give rare access to all three of the Americans who separately were interviewed and all called on the U.S. to secure their release.

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