U.S. man detained in N. Korea begs for mercy over crimes against state

PYONGYANG/BEIJING — A man claiming to be a naturalized American who has been held in North Korea since last October confessed Friday to what he described as acts aimed at overthrowing Pyongyang’s regime and begged for mercy.

During a meeting with media organizations based in Pyongyang in the presence of North Korean officials, the man, who identified himself as Kim Dong Chul, apologized for trying to steal military secrets in collusion with South Koreans.

His appearance comes at a time when North Korea is ratcheting up tensions with South Korea and the United States over their ongoing largest-ever military drills, which Pyongyang repeatedly denounces as a rehearsal for invasion. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com