North Korea sentences American to 10 years Hard Labor

By Faye Higbee

North Korea sentences American to 10 years Hard Labor

North Korea has been pushing the envelope lately after sentencing a University of Virginia student to 15 years hard labor- now they have sentenced an American with dual citizenship to 10 years.

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“Subversion” and “Espionage”

The State Department would not confirm that Chul is a US Citizen because they didn’t want to complicate their “tireless efforts” to get them released. So let’s help them out:

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A copy of Chul’s US Passport. He is a naturalized citizen

Kim Dong Chul, 62, was paraded before North Korean media after being sentenced to 10 years at hard labor for violating Articles 60 and 64 of their criminal code.

The DPRK regularly accuses people of planning to overthrow their government.

The interview

CNN interviewed him in the presence of North Korean officials, where he ‘admitted,’

“I was tasked with taking photos of military secrets and ‘scandalous’ scenes…They asked me to help destroy the (North Korean) system and spread propaganda against the government.”
More than likely that statement was made under duress, although CNN was unable to verify it. The South Korean intelligence service stated that Mr. Chul has no relationship to them whatsoever.
Mr. Chul reportedly moved to Yanji in 2001, which acts as a trade hub between China and the DPRK. He there served as President of a company involved in international trade and hotel services.
As usual, North Korean officials managed to turn the CNN interview into a propaganda matter.  At one point, he stated,
“Seeing that this H-bomb test has succeeded, now is the time to abandon hostile policies and work to help North Korea,” he said. “The U.S. needs to find a way to reconcile with North Korea. I think the main way to do that is with a peace treaty.”
Every word similar to other propaganda released by the DPRK.

North Korea regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of sending spies to overthrow its government to enable the U.S.-backed South Korean government to control the entire Korean Peninsula. Some foreigners previously arrested have read statements of guilt they later said were coerced.

Most of those who are sentenced to long prison terms are released before serving their full time.

Mr. Chul is the second American citizen to be sentenced to hard labor in the last two months. The first was University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who took a banner out of the hotel room and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.