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The leader of North Korea Kim -- owner whom we call little Kim.
Is upping the tension with the west even more -- -- state media there reported that country has sentenced a US citizen to fifteen years of hard labor.
For crimes that it will not explain.
This is that Americans -- tour -- who lived in Washington State he's been in north -- in a North Korean prison since his arrest last November.
North Korea accused him of quote hostility toward the government and trying to topple it.
But nobody will say what that really means all we know is he was arrested while giving some businessman.
A tour near North Korea's border with China.
Human rights advocates in South Korea say he was also interested in helping north Koreans orphans.
They say North Korean officials may have been angry about pictures that the tour guide took of those orphans.
Now his sentencing -- the United States and a very difficult position as one of its citizens faces years of brutal labor likely in sub human conditions.
Joining us now former prosecutor Dan -- he specializes the international law -- traveled to North Korea taught law in China.
And the fox -- fox report chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt who's covering the story force today he's been there since November.
-- -- since November but only now charged with a walk they translated as.
Hostile acts that's interesting -- because it's stronger language thing they normally use and remember the cases of Laura Ling and you believe for instance the two journalists.
They were charged with illegally entering the country hostile acts.
Takes it up to another level clearly increases the pressure on the united.
-- -- -- where do you start trying to get him out -- guessing the motivations and goals and plans of the North Korean government have been one of the biggest challenges for decades now we -- sometimes they want.
A reduction sanctions sometimes they want a high profile visit like the one they got from President Clinton which they could use for propaganda purposes but.
This regime for years has been extremely -- to its people and hard to figure out and I'm guessing it's hard to really tackled this legal system.
Which just says nothing.
But there is no rule of law there any kind of -- it a site for this conviction is not legitimate they are brutal regime they closed down on all -- for their people they summarily.
Condemn people to prison camps and execute people so it's not like there's an appeal process a criminal procedure law.
The types of things that we have here it's so Jonathan what is the United States doing to try to get him out.
Well that looking all -- back channels as they usually do know what you're likely to say ultimately this is the game that they play again and again and again we've seen.
So many times -- President Clinton going that would president confident going there.
In 2010 with Bill Richardson knowing that -- -- -- -- looking for a propaganda victory which means a high profile American going over that.
And then saying we a making a humanitarian gesture by releasing.
This person that's the victory they -- they didn't achieve the concessions they wanted -- upping the ante militarily got -- trying to different tack.
I'm guessing Dennis -- -- and do the trick.
You know he's the last -- American that we know lots have contacted the leader North Korea unfortunately.
It doesn't look like he'll be very helpful but something needs to be done here and needs to be kept separate from the negotiations about the nuclear threat we can't allow them to get leverage.
In that negotiation because they've taken an American will they've they've made it clear over time that they don't value human life -- look what they do their own people.
I don't know I don't know what we have to give up something -- -- Brian that you would we have concentration camps effectively in 2013 there is a nation in this -- The runs concentration camps there's and it's the very same nations the pulls us into the same game.
You're off to Europe to -- they are bad according to only experts O'Donnell agree that better playing it and we.
Yeah I've been to North Korea it's the most closed off country in the world it's a large cult where people are brought up just worshipping the cams and knowing nothing other than how great they supposedly are and how the west is responsible for all their problems and very difficult.
-- John thank you.
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