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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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Topic - Thaleia Schlesinger
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.
"They certainly continue to be grateful to the government of North Korea for the care he was given the last couple of months since his suicide attempt," she said.
Gomes' family is hoping North Korea will grant him amnesty, family spokeswoman Thaleia Schlesinger said.