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Application of Wartime Law to American Prisoner under Examination

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is escalating the campaign to put international pressure upon the DPRK while persistently antagonizing the DPRK over the "Cheonan" case. Such moves have gone beyond the tolerance limit.

The DPRK had already solemnly declared that it would consider the prevailing situation as a war phase and handle all relevant issues according to a wartime law.

An institution concerned is now examining the issue of what additional measure it will take against American Gomes in line with a wartime law. He is serving a prison term in the DPRK for the encroachment upon its sovereignty.

The U.S. government is requesting the DPRK to leniently set him free from a humanitarian stand, but such thing can never happen under the prevailing situation and there remains only the issue of what harsher punishment will be meted out to him.

If the U.S. persists in its hostile approach toward the DPRK, the latter will naturally be compelled to consider the issue of applying a wartime law to him.

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