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China concerned over treatment of its citizens detained in North Korea

Xinhuanet.con reports that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Monday urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to safeguard the health and legitimate rights and interests of a number of Chinese fisherman reportedly detained in the country. According to media reports, private fishing boat “Liaoning Generic Fishing No. 25222″ from Dalian City in northeast China’s Liaoning Province was seized by the DPRK side, which demanded a ransom of 600,000 yuan (96,774.2 U.S. dollars) on May 5. Read article

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North Korea: American tourist arrested, sentenced to 15 years of ‘compulsory labor’

As covered by stuff.co.nz, “An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of ‘‘compulsory labour’’ for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced today. The sentencing of Kenneth Bae, described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator, will further complicate already strained relations between [...]

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