North Korea says it has right to "ruthlessly punish" Americans


North Korea said on Thursday it has its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" American citizens it has detained for crimes against its government system.

It added that 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.

Reuters

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