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Topic - Mahli Gomes
Former President Jimmy Carter was preparing to leave for North Korea on Tuesday to try to gain the freedom of an American imprisoned for illegally entering the communist nation, U.S. officials said Monday night.
North Korea said Friday an American imprisoned for illegally entering the reclusive country has tried to kill himself.
North Korea threatened Thursday to increase punishment for an American who was sentenced to hard labor for illegally entering the country, citing what it called a hostile U.S. policy toward it.
Six people were executed as China prepared to mark a global anti-drug day, state press said Friday.
North Korea has sentenced an American teacher to eight years of hard labor and ordered him to pay a $700,000 fine after he crossed illegally into the country -- the fourth U.S. citizen to be detained by the isolated regime since last year.
"I am sure they will be concerned," she said. "Who wouldn't be?"
Aijalon Mahli Gomes of Boston acknowledged his wrongdoing during a trial at the Central Court on Tuesday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch Wednesday.