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获释美国女记者发表声明 详述被逮经过

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Two American journalists freed by North Korea in August said they crossed briefly into the isolated Communist state before running from North Korean border guards. The two said the guards apprehended them when they were 'firmly back inside China.'


In their first detailed account of the events leading to their detention, the two reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee of San Francisco-based Current TV, said in a statement released Tuesday that they are unsure whether they 'were lured into a trap' by the man serving as their guide.

两位记者首次详细叙述了被捕前发生的事情。她们周二在一份声明中说,她们不确定是否被向导骗进了一个圈套。这两位记者李丽娜(Euna Lee)和凌志美(Laura Ling)是总部位于旧金山的Current TV电视台的记者。

Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee were detained in March and sentenced by a North Korean court to 12 years of hard labor before being released after a visit to Pyongyang by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in August. The women were reporting a story about the plight of North Koreans who have fled to China to escape poverty and repression in their country.

两人于3月被捕,8月份被朝鲜一法庭判处12年劳改,之后美国前总统克林顿(Bill Clinton)访问平壤,促成了两人的获释。两人被捕时正在报导一则有关朝鲜人悲惨遭遇的消息,这些人逃到中国,以摆脱国内的贫困和压迫。

A spokesman for Current TV said the women had no comment beyond their written statement, which was posted Tuesday evening on the Current TV Web site.

Current TV的发言人说,两名记者除书面声明外,其他无可奉告。书面声明于美国时间周二晚间被公布在Current TV的网站上。

Christian aid groups and others who work to help North Koreans living in China say that their work has become more difficult in the wake of the women's well-publicized detention, which aid workers say has prompted tighter security measures by authorities on both sides of the border.


In their statement, Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee said: 'We regret if any of our actions, including the high-profile nature of our confinement, has led to increased scrutiny of activists and North Koreans living along the border. The activists' work is inspiring, courageous and crucial.'


The women said they did all they could to protect the identity of their sources, even eating notes and damaging videotapes once they were in North Korean custody.


Aid groups have expressed concern about what information authorities in China and North Korea may have been able to glean about their operations from materials seized from the reporters as well as their cameraman and guide, who escaped capture by the North Koreans.


Chinese police had a Current TV videotape of interviews related to a child-care program run by a South Korean missionary, Lee Chan-woo, which Rev. Lee said led to his detention and expulsion from China. The program he supervised, which cared for more than 20 children of North Korean mothers, was shut down, he said.

中国警方获得了Current TV的一个采访录像带,内容与韩国传教士Lee Chan-woo运营的一个儿童关爱项目有关。Lee Chan-woo说,他因为这个项目而被捕,并被驱逐出中国。他说,他负责的项目被勒令停止了。项目为20多个母亲是朝鲜人的孩子提供照顾。

Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee said they followed their guide, an ethnic Korean Chinese citizen, across the river that marks the border between China and North Korea at about 5 a.m. The river was frozen at the time, in mid-March. 'In the days before our capture, our guide had seemed cautious and responsible,' the statement said. 'That is in part why we made the decision to follow him across the river.'


The women said they didn't spend 'more than a minute on North Korean soil before turning back.' They said they may have been the victims of a setup, pointing to what they said was odd behavior by their guide, who changed their starting point for the crossing at the last moment and made 'deep, low hooting sounds.'


They said they assumed the sounds were to alert North Korean border guards he knew, but they didn't indicate why he would do that. 'It was ultimately our decision' to follow him, they wrote.


South Korean aid groups said that according to reports they received, the guide was detained by Chinese police and is now in prison in China.


Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee said they were nervous about being in North Korea and began to cross the frozen river back to China. Midway across the ice, they said, they heard yelling and saw they were being pursued by armed North Koreans. They said they fought to stay on 'Chinese soil' but were 'violently dragged' back to North Korea.


The border between China and North Korea in the vicinity of the women's capture is in the river, which has a number of sand banks and small islands, and in places runs closer to the Chinese side than to the North Korean bank.


The pair said they 'deeply regret' having crossed into North Korea. 'We continue to pay for that decision today with dark memories of our captivity,' they wrote.