News out of North Korea tonight: Los Angeles journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were convicted in last week's trial and sentenced to 12 years "reform through labor" each in a North Korean prison. Associated Press, Reuters and the BBC have picked up the dispatch from the official KCNA news agency.
Lee, who has a four-year-old daughter, and Ling are based in Los Angeles and were on the China-North Korea border reporting a story for Current TV. They were grabbed by North Korean guards on March 17 and have been held ever since.
- 10:12 p.m.: Short staff story up now at New York Times.
- 10:35 p.m.: Bloomberg staff story says "the sentencing may enflame tensions that are already running high after North Korea detonated a nuclear device last month, said the 1953 armistice ending the Korean War no longer applies and fired several missiles."
- 11:15 p.m.: L.A. Times staff story adds State Department statement: "We are 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."