North Korea to try U.S. journalists as launch nears
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it would put on trial two U.S. journalists arrested this month on its border with China, stoking tensions with Washington ahead of a planned rocket launch that has already alarmed the region.
The reclusive state accused the two women reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee from the U.S.-based media outlet Current TV, of unspecified "hostile acts."
Pyongyang's announcement comes just days before North Korea plans to put what it says is a satellite into space but which Washington and others say will be a test of a long-range missile that could carry a warhead as far as U.S. territory.
They've also kidnapped a South Korean factory worker on similar charges. Is there any doubt in anybody's mind that these three are essentially being held hostage? Why isn't this being covered by the mainstream media?