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U.S. asks North Korea to release two detained Americans

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoThe U.S. State Department, citing “humanitarian concerns,” asked North Korea on Monday to release two Americans who North Korean official media said would be put on trial for committing crimes against the state. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, referring to the imprisoned men, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, said “their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies.” Asked about the report, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, “Out of humanitarian concern for Mr. Fowle and Mr. Miller and their families, we request North Korea release them so they may return home.” She also called on North Korea to pardon and release Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who was arrested in November 2012, convicted and sentenced by North Korea’s supreme court to 15 years hard labor last year.

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