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Duo believed held in Pyongyang

TWO American journalists detained by Democratic People's Republic of Korea soldiers are believed to have been sent to Pyongyang for questioning, a news report said yesterday.

A brief DPRK news dispatch said on Saturday that it was investigating two Americans it detained on Tuesday for illegally intruding into its territory after crossing the border from China.

A United States official said on Saturday that the US has been in touch with North Korean representatives about the journalists and is awaiting a reply.

The official said the US doesn't know where the DPRK is holding them.

The Republic of Korea's Yonhap news agency said yesterday that it is highly likely that the journalists were sent to Pyongyang to be investigated for their alleged border intrusion.

"Considering the significance of the case, there is a high possibility that the two US journalists have been sent to Pyongyang and are undergoing a direct investigation" by the North's spy agency and military, Yonhap said.

At the Yalu River near Dandong yesterday, rifle-carrying North Korean soldiers were seen across the river patrolling the bank.


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