2 May 2013

US citizen jailed in North Korea

3:24 pm on 2 May 2013

North Korea says it has sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labour.

The announcement from state news agency KCNA says Pae Jun-ho, known in the United States as Kenneth Bae, was tried on 30 April for committing anti-government crimes.

The 44-year-old was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist, the BBC reports.

The move comes amid high tensions between North Korea and the United States after Pyongyang's third nuclear test in February this year.

Mr Pae is believed to be a tour operator of Korean descent and is the sixth US citizen to be detained in North Korea since 2009.