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North Korea says to try two detained U.S. citizens

By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Monday it would put two U.S. tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state, dimming any hopes among their families that they would soon be released. “Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies,” said the North’s official KCNA news agency, referring to Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller who are being held by the isolated country. It was the latest in a flurry of events in the volatile region as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits South Korea this week, and comes a day after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles, defying a U.N. ban on such tests. Japan has said it will respond to the missile test in cooperation with the United States and South Korea, but that it would not affect talks it is holding with the North this week on the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by the reclusive state decades ago.

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