North Korea sentences another US citizen to hard labor - Virginia man jailed for 10 years for 'spying' only weeks after another American was locked up for 15 years


  • Businessman Kim Dong Chul, 62, used to live in Fairfax, Virginia 
  • He had been living in China and running a business inside North Korea 
  • Kim was arrested in October and accused of spying for South Korea 
  • His conviction comes six weeks after Otto Warmbier was given hard labor
  • US citizens are often free early after being used as bargaining chips 

A Korean-born US citizen has been jailed for 10 years in North Korea after being convicted of spying for South Korea.

Kim Dong Chul, 62, is the second American to given hard labor this year, following Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old university student who was given 15 years after a prank of stealing of political banner went wrong.

Kim was born in South Korea but emigrated to Fairfax, Virginia, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1987.

After a brief trial in the Supreme Court in Pyongyang he was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison with hard labor. Read more...


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