North Korea sentences U.S. reporters to 12 years in labor camp

The Central Court of North Korea sentenced Laura Ling and Euna Lee for the “grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing,” the Korean Central News Agency said…

White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said President Obama had been informed of the reports.

“The president is deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release,” he said.