North Korea Sentences US Citizen To 15 Years 'Hard Labor'

Tyler Durden's picture

While details are somewhat sketchy of the reasons, Kenneth Bae (a US Citizen known by the Korean rendering Pae Jun-Ho and likely unrelated to this gentleman) has been sentenced to 15 years 'hard labor' for committing 'hostile crimes' against the regime. As AP notes, Bae was arrested in November after entering the China/North-Korea special economic zone city of Rason as a tourist. Of course, there could be well-reasoned facts that lead to the need for this man to serve this sentence - though it seems former-President Jimmy Carter may soon be traveling to North Korea (likely without Dennis Rodman) to seek Bae's release. We hope this is not a temper-tantrum from the nation's leader for not causing enough uproar with his rhetoric earlier in the month...mirroring 2009's US-vs-North Korea standoff.



Via AP,

An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of "compulsory labor" for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced Thursday.


The sentencing of Kenneth Bae, described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator, will further complicate already strained relations between Pyongyang and Washington as the countries pursue tentative diplomacy following weeks of warlike threats from North Korea.


Pyongyang's official state media said Bae's trial took place Tuesday, but the dispatch provided few new details. Bae was tried in the country's Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. He could've faced the death penalty.


The exact nature of his alleged crimes has not been revealed.


Bae was arrested in early November in Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea's far northeastern region bordering China and Russia, North Korea said.


The trial mirrors a similar situation in 2009, when the U.S. and North Korea were locked in a standoff over Pyongyang's decision to launch a long-range rocket and conduct an underground nuclear test. At the time, North Korea had detained two American journalists, whose eventual release after being sentenced to 12 years of hard labor paved the way for diplomacy following months of tensions.


In North Korean dispatches, Bae, a Korean American from Washington state, is called Pae Jun Ho, the North Korean spelling of his Korean name.

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Dr. Engali's picture

AnAnonymous was quoted as saying ; "U.S citizen deserves it."

idea_hamster's picture

My 100% pure guess is that he got caught filming stuff, like starving kids or the like.

ACP's picture

One small correction to this article: The "trial" did not take place Tuesday, the sentencing took place Tuesday. There is no trial.

What do you call a North Korean defense lawyer?

A waste of money! Hardy-har-har!

Troll Magnet's picture

Well, maybe this American can hire some illegals to do the work on his behalf.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Chances are, this guy was a South Korean-US-CIA 'Cut Out, Chain'.

NWO says South Korea needs a Central Bank, stat!

mkkby's picture

My guess as well.  Pulling out his CIA credentials didn't impress the N Korean cops one bit.  If pictures on his camera phone are of a military base, he's in deep shite.

ACP's picture

Or better yet, trade 11,000,000 illegal alien workers for his release.

DaveyJones's picture

Carter should take Jason Collins instead. Never Know

BLOTTO's picture

I think Rodman was a messenger... I mean, who would ever think that him going over to DPRK would be anything significant?


Therefore, maybe it was.

H E D G E H O G's picture

FLASH !!! Dennis Rodman was taken into custody and expediently sentenced to 15 years hard labor for showing up at a memorial service for Kim Jong IL, (Jong un's daddy) in a  chartruese TuTu. More details to follow..........................

prains's picture

my vote is Jimmy takes AnAnlogousAnus for a "trade"

lolmao500's picture

Tourist to NKorea... he almost deserves it... it's like being a jew in 1937 and going to Germany as a tourist and complain that you end up in a concentration camp...

/if you really believe the tourist story...

//tourist operator = faciliting entry of CIA agents in NKorea that want to overthrow regime... seems like a plausible charge to me.

prains's picture

he was "touring" the new muppets for peace factory

Vlad Tepid's picture

He went in on a tourist visa as part of his business...likely that his operations as a tour manager (lots of Chinese tour in NK) were a cover for evangelical Christian activities, which is what got him caught.  There are a lot more bush missionaries than CIA agents along that border.

Aeternus's picture

Why would anyone visit North Korea in the first place?

FoeHammer's picture

Simple. To the point. Meaningful.


Thanks for sharing

kito's picture

Bernanke sentences 300 million Americans to hard labor........

lolmao500's picture

At least in North Korea, they tell you upfront that you're not getting paid... In America, they promise you bling and bitches... while they actually rob you with inflation and taxes.

NoDebt's picture

Oh, you just HAD to go there, didn't you? 

He's fine, thank you.  I hear he's taking the family on vaction to an undisclosed location for an unspecified period of time.

He gave me a message to pass along to you, although I don't really understand it.  He said "Wildcard, bitchez! Yeeeeee Haaaaaw!"  Does that mean something to you?  Yen Cross said something about it recently so maybe he can help you with that.

Major Major Major's picture

So they put him on trial and sentenced him???


They should have just indefinitely detained his ass, amateurs.


Oh, and, Free Pussy Riot!  Dem bitches got hard labor too.

DaveyJones's picture

indefinitely detain their ass AND declare their innocence. He calls himself a dictator...

IridiumRebel's picture

In a perfect world his cell mate would be John Corzines corpse.

lolmao500's picture

71% still believe in the corporatracy...

Poll: 29% Think Armed Rebellion Might Soon Be Necessary

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a staggering poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.

The survey, aimed at measuring public attitudes toward gun issues, found that 29 percent of Americans agree with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” An additional five percent were unsure.

Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans. Support levels were similar among males and females but higher among less educated voters.

prains's picture

make sure somebody brings tanks to the gun fight

Golden_Rule's picture

i'll be hiding in the woods like a coward

Dr. Engali's picture

So whatever happened to that little fuck " nuclear war is unavoidable" Kim anyway? Did his generals water board the amateur and shut him up?

TNTARG's picture

Well, at least they sentenced him. The US gvt make people serve years of not just hard work but torture, without even a trial! Not to mention that a huge ammount of US citizens invade other countries, kill their authorities and their people, destroy even historical monuments, contaminate the territory, torture people and  and and...

shovelhead's picture

Making Democracy is like making sausages...

It's never pretty.

Hulk's picture

Boy are the North Koreans  fucked. Trying to get 15 years hard labor out of a US citizen should completely wreck whats left of their economy...

Manipuflation's picture

The North Koreans make some fabulous fake fiat $100 bills I guess.  What's the difference anyway?  Fuck worrying about the nukes, they have a printing press and that's worse yet because, well, that is like having TWO federal reserves, et al! :-(


edit:  It's likely cheaper for the "bureau of engraving and failing" to have North Korea print $100 "superbills" to cut some of our domestic production fiat cost required to produce fiat since slave labor is involved.  Sounds about right.  What a charade.

long-shorty's picture

Thanks for the link to the Bang Dae Ho story. Second time I've laughed so hard my ribs hurt!

Fuku Ben's picture

LOL, Even the Asian ad choice girl on my screen gets the Bang Dae Ho joke

lolmao500's picture

Put Rodman in prison on trumped charges and tell Kim that the US is willing to exchange prisoners.

/winning for all involved.

Expat's picture

This is sickening!  Now we see the real difference between America and this extreme Stalinist dictatorship in North Korea.  Over there, even foreigners get a trial before being thrown into jail!

dognamedabu's picture

Yeah our rulers learned if they make it seem like the people rule instead they are way more easy to control. Like the guy I was debated the other day about government and how evil the whole concept is. His grand plan was that if I didn't like the gov I could vote four years from now to get change. Ha haha ha ha

q99x2's picture

Good thing the tour bus prick wasn't caught over here. The US would have tortured him into being a terrorist for the banksters and the globalists.

williambanzai7's picture

Why don't they send him Snooki?

shovelhead's picture

Even the Norks have a limit on batshit crazy?

dognamedabu's picture

Hmm Lets see. Where I live taxes amount to about a quarter of my income... 45 years divided by 25% ... heck this guy got off light. He even gets food and lodging. 




dunce's picture

Any American, even CIA going into that country is so stupid that he deserves whatever they give him or her. Bill  Clinton got his usual reward when he picked up two young women and brought them back. He is in the 5 mile high club.

Urban Redneck's picture

That's not how the CIA rolls (except for one directorate), a dick-less desk jockey with diplomatic immunity at the US Embassy in Seoul finds some patsy, stooge, scapegoat, pigeon, defector, etc- to go and get some "valuable" information for him (and in the process assume all the actual risk) in exchange for some overvalued promises-  The CIA model of risk-transfer has worked wonders for some on Wall Street.

Uncle Zuzu's picture

Prin Som Mo <---- Bernanke name in Korean

blueRidgeBoy's picture

surely someone here will suggest a CIA false flag operation intended to inflame hostilities.  It's an old XK Red 27 technique...