Seoul: North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong-Chul, to 10 years hard labour on charges of subversion and espionage, China`s official Xinhua news agency said.
The announcement, which comes at a time of elevated military tensions on the Korean peninsula, followed an even harsher sentence of 15 years hard labour passed last month on a US student, Otto Warmbier, for stealing a propaganda banner from a tourist hotel in Pyongyang.
The brief Xinhua despatch from Pyongyang said Kim`s penalty was handed down by North Korea`s Supreme Court.
The 62-year-old, who became a naturalised US citizen in 1987, was arrested on espionage charges back in October.
Kim was paraded in front of media cameras in the North Korean capital a month ago, when he admitted to stealing military secrets and pleaded for clemency in a carefully orchestrated “confession”.
His detention first came to public attention when he was produced in January during an interview CNN was conducting with a detained Canadian pastor in a Pyongyang hotel.
At that time, Kim said he had been living in China near the North Korean border for the past 15 years, commuting regularly to Rason — a North Korean special economic zone.
According to the North`s state media, he had been arrested in Rason as he was receiving a USB stick containing nuclear-linked and military secrets from his source.
Foreigners detained in North Korea are often required to make a public, usually officially scripted acknowledgement of wrongdoing as a first step towards a possible release.
Observers said the long sentences handed down to Kim and Warmbier reflected soaring military tensions following the North`s nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch a month later.
The United States took a leading role in securing the resulting sanctions that the UN Security Council imposed on the North in March.
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