Thursday, March 26, 2009
Two American journalists seized by North Korean border guards
are facing "intense interrogation" in Pyongyang for alleged espionage after illegally crossing into the country from China, a report says.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists working for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV, were at a guesthouse on Tuesday in Pyongyang's outskirts run by North Korean military intelligence, theJoongAng Ilbo newspaper said, citing an unidentified South Korean intelligence official.
The report provided first word of the women's whereabouts since they disappeared on March 17 during a trip to the border near North Korea's far northwest. A colleague detained on the Chinese side left China on Tuesday.
South Korea's main spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, and the Unification Ministry said they could not confirm the details, reportedly obtained using "human intelligence" - sources on the ground.