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N. Korea confirms detention of two Japanese nationals

All Headlines 12:49 May 04, 2011

SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea confirmed Wednesday that it has detained two Japanese citizens on charges of crimes related with narcotics and currency counterfeiting.

The communist nation's state news agency, KCNA, reported that the authorities were handling the two in a legal manner while another Japanese was deported.

"They admitted their criminal acts and their seriousness," the KCNA said.

It revealed the names of the detainees but gave no further details of their charges.

"They will take legal responsibility duly for their very grave crimes that breach our republic's law and international law," the KCNA said.

Last month, Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper said two Japanese people were taken into custody and another was expelled while visiting the North's special economic zone in Rason.

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