Current Event Cat of the Day: Hard Labour for US Citizen

Current Event Cat - Hard Labour

North Korea has sentenced a US citizen to 15 years of hard labour for ‘hostile acts’.

Kenneth Bae, also known by his new North Korean name Pae Jun-ho, was arrested in November after he was accused of anti-government crimes, including an apparent attempt to overthrow the government. On Tuesday, Bae was tried and on Thursday he was sentenced to 15 years of compulsory hard labour. Ouch.

Bae is a naturalized US citizen who lives outside of Seattle. He is reported to be a tour operator of South Korean descent, who has been to North Korea several times before. This time, however, he was caught taking photos of starving North Korean children – and apparently for plotting to destroy Kim Jong-un’s empire.  Not to be a dick, but if you’re a US citizen of South Korean descent, going into North Korea with a camera probably isn’t the best idea…

The United States is less than impressed with the situation. “We call on the DPRK [North Korea] to release Kenneth Bae immediately on humanitarian grounds,” US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said on Monday.

But what to do about this whole mess? Send in Jimmy Carter! Carter, who has made previous humanitarian visits to North Korea, is rumoured to travel once again to the North to negotiate Bae’s release and push for the resumption of talks on the regime’s nuclear weapons programme. Bill Clinton already flew to Pyongyang in 2009 to help free two television journalists. Sounds like the Bushes are definitely the laziest of the ex-presidents…

Via: Current Event Cats

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