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N. Korea Charges U.S. Man With Attempt to Overthrow Government

Travelers Today       By    Maxine Wally

Updated: Apr 27, 2013 09:54 PM EDT

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An American detained in North Korea will be tried in the Supreme Court on grounds of plotting to overthrow the government. If convicted, hecould face the death penalty.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean American, has been in custody of the North Korean government since the beginning of November.

This case comes at a shaky time, as threats of civil war, harsh and threatening rhetoric, and a possibility of use heavy weaponry have been coming from Pyongyang in the past month.

North Korea has accused Bae, a tour operator, of planning to overthrow North Korea's leadership, according to CBS News.

"In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topped the DPRK with hostility toward it," a state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Saturday. "His crimes were proved by evidence. He will soon be taken to the Supreme Court of the DPRK to face judgment," they said, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

Jen Psaki, U.S. State Department spokesperson said in an official statement to CBS News that the U.S. Government is fully "aware of reports that a U.S. Citizen will face trial in North Korea," and that officials from the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang paid Bae a visit on Friday. She did not supply futher details.

North Korea's criminal code decrees any crimes against the state can lead to imprisonment, or else death.

Bae is at least the sixth American who has been held in North Korea in the past three years.  

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