American Journalists Sentenced To 12 Years In Labor Prison

Analysts say now that two U.S. journalists have been given harsh prison sentences, negotiations can begin with North Korea leading to their eventual release.

North Korea's top court convicted Laura Ling and Euna Lee of
what it's calling "a grave crime" and sentenced them to 12 years
in a prison today.

The decision intensifies Pyongyang's confrontation with the
United States, fueled by the North's latest nuclear and missile

Many believe Pyongyang is using the journalists as bargaining
chips as the U.N. debates how to punish North Korea for its latest
military threats.

One expert says if the north had released the journalists before
a court ruling, it would have been seen as giving in to the United

The State Department says it's "deeply concerned" and prepared
to "engage in all possible channels" to free the women.

Ling and Lee were grabbed near China's border with North Korea.

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