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North Korea To Put American Kenneth Bae On Trial


” The announcement focused attention back on Pyongyang after a near two-week lull in North Korea’s sabre-rattling rhetoric.

Kenneth Bae (Pae Jun-ho), a 44-year-old ethnic Korean with US citizenship, was arrested last November as he accompanied five Europeans into the Rason Special Economic Zone, a pilot region on the border of China and Russia which is open to foreign companies.

Since then, almost nothing has been heard of him. In January, Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, and Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, travelled to North Korea to try to secure his release but were not allowed to see him.

Mr Bae’s crime is not clear. However, the Korean Central News Agency announced on Saturday that a “preliminary inquiry” had been completed and that Mr Bae had “admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with hostility toward it”. “






Clinton To Step Down As Secretary of State

A day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman announced that the U.S. Secretary of State will step down from her current role soon after the President’s second inauguration in January 2013.

 ” The spokesman declared that Clinton intends to ensure continuity and realizes that the appointment of a new Secretary of State will take multiple days after the inauguration.

It is assumed that one of the most likely candidates that Obama could propose as the new Secretary of State would be Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who is currently the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the losing Democratic Presidential Candidate in the 2004 presidential race. Other potential candidates include Bill Richardson, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during Bill Clinton’s mandate, and Samantha Power, currently serving as Special Assistant to President Obama and running the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council.”