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One of the three American citizens detained in North Korea will go on trial on September 14, North Korean state news agency has confirmed. Two other American citizens currently being held by North Korean authorities are Kenneth Bae, a 46-year-old Christian missionary and tourist operator, and Jeffrey Fowle, 56. Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in April 2013. Fowle has not yet stood trial, but was arrested after leaving a Bible in his hotel room while on a tour in the country.

09/06/2014 North Korea (VOA)-North Korea has set September 14 as the trial date for Matthew Miller, one of three Americans detained in the country.

State-run news agency KCNA reported the information on Sunday. The California man was arrested in April after he allegedly tore up his visa on his arrival in Pyongyang and demanded asylum.

Miller and the other two Americans — Kenneth Bae and Jeffrey Fowle — were brought before U.S. journalists recently and called for a high profile U.S. representative to visit North Korea and make a direct appeal for their release.

Bae, who is serving a 15-year sentence, said his health is failing, and Miller described his own situation as “very urgent.” Miller said he will not learn what the charges against him are until his hearing. Fowle said he had no complaints about his treatment but that he was becoming desperate. He is still awaiting trial.

The journalists from CNN and the Associated Press, who were on an official visit to North Korea, say they were summoned to conduct the unplanned interviews in Pyongyang. They were given five minutes with each man.

Bae’s sister Terri Chung said it is clear from the video interview that her brother is in a lot of physical pain and under great stress. She has appealed to North Korean officials to show mercy and release him.

The Christian missionary was arrested in November 2012 while leading a group of tourists in the northern city of Rason. The following April, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the regime in Pyongyang.

Fowle, who entered North Korea in late April, was detained in May on charges of perpetrating activities that violate North Korean law. Diplomatic sources have said he left a bible in his hotel room.

In previous cases involving Americans in North Korea, they were released after visits by high profile former U.S. officials.

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