Imagine your freedom being taken away without warning. No US embassy to call, no help coming to your aid and no chance for justice. Imagine being charged convicted and sentenced to years in prison, a North Korean prison, at hard labor. Your crime? You are an American guilty of Crimes Against the State. Crimes you did not commit.
This is Kim Kak Song, a teacher. Next is Tony Kim, also a teacher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. This is 21-year-old student Otto Warmbier, sentenced to 15 years hard labor for removing a poster. And finally Kim Dong Chul, a resident of Fairfax Va., who ran a hotel service. He is serving ten years at hard labor.
These American citizens are hostages of an out of control regime. North Korea is holding them as bargaining chips or as shields against military action. The North Korean government under Kim Jong-un is playing with fire as they push ever closer to a tipping point.