N Korea threatens more punishment for American

The American was sentenced to hard labour for illegally entering the country.

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2010, 16:33 PM IST

Seoul: North Korea has threatened to increase punishment for an American who was sentenced to hard labour for illegally entering the country.

The North`s official Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday that North Korea is examining what harsher measures it would take against Aijalon Mahli Gomes in line with a wartime law.

Gomes, from Boston, was sentenced in April to eight years of hard labour and fined USD 700,000 for entering the country illegally and for an unspecified "hostile act”.

KCNA said the North would be compelled to consider applying a wartime law to his case if the US persisted "in its hostile approach" to the North.

Tensions have been high after a South Korean warship sank in March and North Korea was blamed.

Bureau Report