North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo
Reuters: N.Korea claims sovereign right to ruthlessly punish Americans
SEOUL, May 11 (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it was its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" American citizens it has detained for crimes against its government system, saying U.S. media's description of such arrests as a bargaining ploy was "pure ignorance."
The North's KCNA news agency said the crimes of recent Americans detained by its authorities will soon be revealed.
Two American citizens affiliated with a private university in the North's capital have been detained in the past month. (Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; editing by John Stonestreet)
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Update: North Korea says it has right to 'ruthlessly punish' captured American citizens (The Independent)
WNU Editor: North Korea is demanding the handover of South Korean and U.S. spies that it claims were involved in a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un .... North Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot: Xinhua (Reuters). More here .... North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits (Washington post/AP). Not surprising .... the U.S. State department is advising all citizens to stay out of North Korea .... State Department tells Americans to stay away from North Korea (UPI).