Foram, finalmente, conhecidos mais pormenores do julgamento das duas jornalistas norte-americanas: Euna Lee e Laura Ling.
Nos fundamentos da decisão, está a assunção de culpa por parte das jornalistas. Lê-se na KCNA que elas terão dito em tribunal que tudo faria parte de uma campanha de calúnia contra a Coreia do Norte e, por isso, aceitaram os 12 anos de trabalhos forçados a que foram condenadas:
(…)A trial of the accused was held at the Pyongyang City Court from June 4 to 8.
At the trial the accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts committed, prompted by the political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of the DPRK by faking up moving images aimed at falsifying its human rights performance and hurling slanders and calumnies at it.
In the name of the DPRK the Central Court determined ten years of hard labor according to Provision 69 of the Criminal Code and four years of hard labor according to Provision 233 of the Criminal Code for the accused Laura Ling and Seung-Un Lee and sentenced them to 12 years of hard labor according to Provision 44 of the Criminal Code.
The prison term is counted from March 22, 2009, when the accused were detained and it was pronounced that the judgment is unappealable.
The criminals admitted and accepted the judgment.
We are following with a high degree of vigilance the attitude of the U.S. which spawned the criminal act against the DPRK.