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May 2nd, 2013
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Will U.S. intervene in case of U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in N. Korea? Dan Rivers reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

eoul, South Korea (CNN) - A North Korean court has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years of hard labor, saying he committed "hostile acts" against the secretive state.

The country's Supreme Court delivered the sentence against Pae Jun Ho, known as Kenneth Bae by U.S. authorities, on Tuesday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

The KCNA article said Bae a Korean-American, was arrested November 3 after arriving as a tourist in Rason City, a port in the northeastern corner of North Korea. It didn't provide any details about the "hostile acts" he is alleged to have committed.

Following the sentence, his case could get caught up in the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, which spiked recently after the North carried out its latest underground nuclear test in February and as the United States and South Korea held joint military drills in the region.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Dan Rivers shares more details on the sentencing of Bae, and whether a U.S. representative could intervene in his case to argue for his release.

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