Two American journalists detained in North Korea will be tried on charges of perpetrating "hostile acts" against the Communist state, a crime punishable by years in a labor camp, the North’s state-run news agency said today.The news agency is of course the regime's mouth piece to let the world know what it is thinking.
The decision to put Laura Ling and Euna Lee on trial is a strong message from North Korea and coincides with concerns about the launch of a test rocket by the North Koreans next week. Both Japan and the USA consider this "experimental space launch" as another test of North Korea's long range missile program. These two events are timed to test the outside world when its resources are already stretched to the limit.
The North Koreans are on the news wires tonight as saying they will declare war on Japan if there is any interference with the launch. Dangerous words from a dangerous regime...and the USA will be relying on China to tone down the North Koreans...China has some political and economic power at a crucial time in world events.