24 Apr 2009

US journalists 'face trial' in North Korea

10:01 pm on 24 April 2009

Two American journalists arrested by North Korea near its border with China are to face trial, North Korea's state media has reported.

Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, who work for Current TV, were detained on 17 March.

North Korea said it had decided to charge the women after completing an inquiry into their "crimes" - although the precise charges remain unclear.

It says the two women illegally crossed the border from China.

"Our related agency has decided to turn the US reporters over for trial based on findings of their crimes," KCNA reported.

State media announced earlier in April that it would put the reporters on trial for "hostile acts" and illegally entering the country.

The latest announcement appears to indicate an investigation has been completed to support formal charges, although what those charges are precisely remains unclear.