N.Korea to Indict 2 American Tourists

North Korea says it is preparing to put two American tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state.

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Monday that Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller had committed "hostile acts" that were confirmed by their testimony and evidence.

North Korean media said 56-year-old Fowle entered the country on April 29 and was arrested for acts not consistent with being a tourist. The French news agency says he was detained after he left a Bible in his hotel room.

Pyongyang says 24-year-old Miller entered the North on April 10 and was arrested after he ripped up his tourist visa and demanded asylum.

No details were given on the dates of the trials.

North Korea has also been holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae since November 2012. He is serving 15 years of hard labor for what Pyongyang says were hostile acts against the state.

VOA News / Jul. 01, 2014 08:13 KST