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Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by family members upon his arrival, early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Jeffrey Fowle exits a military plane on his arrival, early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Jeffrey Fowle, right, hugs his attorney, Timothy Tepe, left, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Fowle was arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by family members on his arrival at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base, Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Jeffrey Fowle smiles as his attorney speaks to the media at Fowle's home in West Carrollton, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Fowle was arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
In this photo combo, from left to right, Mathew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, who are all Americans being detained in North Korea, speak to The Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to the three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and, watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
What appears to be a United States Air Force passenger jet, right, is parked on the tarmac of Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Fowle was on his was home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang. She said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
What appears to be a United States Air Force passenger jet, right, is parked on the tarmac of Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Fowle was on his was home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang. She said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
In this Sept. 1, 2014 photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, crossing a border that tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk. Whatever their reasons, Americans detained in North Korea, including the three currently there, are major complications for Washington, which must decide between letting a U.S. citizen languish and providing Pyongyang with a huge propaganda victory by sending a senior U.S. envoy to negotiate a release. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits before the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, is handcuffed after his trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Handcuffed Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, leaves after his trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
A North Korean flag flies at the Supreme Court where a trial of Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, was to be held, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, stands during his trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Handcuffed Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, is led to a courtroom for his trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Matthew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A trial has been held in North Korea for Miller, who had been detained since April. The trial was held Sunday morning, Sept. 14, 2014. Details were not immediately available. Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, was detained for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. The specific charges or punishment he could face were not announced before the trial. He is believed to have torn up his visa at Pyongyang's airport and demanded asylum. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Mathew Miller, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
This Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo shows a note asking for privacy on the door of the family home of Matthew Todd Miller in Bakersfield, Calif. Miller, 24, is one of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
This Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo shows the family home of Matthew Todd Miller in Bakersfield, Calif. Miller, 24, is one of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Two Americans, Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle, charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea say in a video that they expect to be tried soon and possibly receive long prison terms, and appeal for help from the U.S. government. They made the comments in the video shot by a local AP Television News crew. The crew was taken to a location to meet the detained Americans after repeated requests to North Korean authorities to see them. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this photo taken on Sept. 1, 2014, American, Kenneth Bae, a tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, crossing a border that tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk. Whatever their reasons, Americans detained in North Korea, including the three currently there, are major complications for Washington, which must decide between letting a U.S. citizen languish and providing Pyongyang with a huge propaganda victory by sending a senior U.S. envoy to negotiate a release. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
American, Kenneth Bae, a tour guide and missionary serving a15-year sentence, detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
American, Kenneth Bae, a tour guide and missionary serving a15-year sentence, detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
American missionary Kenneth Bae speaks to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Bae, 45, who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year, appealed for the U.S. to do its best to secure his release. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
FILE - This Jan. 20, 2014 file photo shows American missionary Kenneth Bae speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang. North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss the long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday, Feb. 10. The cancellation comes only days after Bae told a pro-Pyongyang newspaper that he expected to meet this month with the envoy. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)
In this undated photo provided by the family of Kenneth Bae, Kenneth Bae, poses for a photo in China, where he used to live. Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator and Christian missionary was arrested last November while leading a group of tourists in the northeastern region of Rason in North Korea and has been detained for the past 11 months. Bae's family said on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, that Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, is being allowed to visit him. (AP Photo/Courtesy Terri Chung)
A notice of a prayer vigil for for Kenneth Bae, sits next to a letter from Bae, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the home of Kenneth's mother in Lynnwood, Wash. Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, has been detained in North Korea since being arrested in November, 2012, and Chung and her family are renewing calls for his release as concerns about his health increase. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Terri Chung holds a letter sent from her brother, Kenneth Bae, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Lynnwood, Wash. Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, has been detained in North Korea since being arrested in November, 2012, and his family is renewing calls for his release as concerns about his health increase. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Myunghee Bae, the mother of Kenneth Bae, works at her computer at her home Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Lynnwood, Wash. Bae's son Kenneth Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, has been detained in North Korea since being arrested in November, 2012, and his family is renewing calls for his release as concerns about his health increase. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this May 2, 2013 file photo, a South Korean man watches a television news program showing Korean American Kenneth Bae, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. Bae, the latest of several Americans jailed by North Korea in recent years, has already waited longer for his freedom than any of the others had to. But as his health deteriorates, Washington and Pyongyang appear unable to negotiate, each wary of giving concessions to the other. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.

At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.

Miller, who looked thin and pale at the trial and was dressed completely in black, is one of three Americans now being held in North Korea.

Showing no emotion throughout the proceedings, Miller waived the right to a lawyer and was handcuffed before being led from the courtroom after his sentencing. The court, comprising a chief judge flanked by two "people's assessors," ruled it would not hear any appeals to its decision.

Earlier, it had been believed that Miller had sought asylum when he entered North Korea. During the trial, however, the prosecution argued that was a ruse and that Miller also falsely claimed to have secret information about the U.S. military in South Korea on his iPad and iPod.

Miller was charged under Article 64 of the North Korean criminal code, which is for espionage and can carry a sentence of five to 10 years, though harsher punishments can be given for more serious cases.

The Associated Press was allowed to attend the trial.

A trial is expected soon for one of the other Americans being held, Jeffrey Fowle, who entered the North as a tourist but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the city of Chongjin. The third American, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged "hostile acts."

All three have appealed to the U.S. government to send a senior statesman to Pyongyang to intervene on their behalf.

During a brief interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang last week, Miller said he had written a letter to President Barack Obama but had not received a reply.

Fowle, a 56-year-old equipment operator for the city of Moraine, Ohio, said his wife, a hairstylist from Russia, made a written appeal on his behalf to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said the Russian government responded that it was watching the situation.

The U.S. has repeatedly offered to send its envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, to Pyongyang to seek the freedom of the detainees, but without success.

Former President Bill Clinton came in 2009 to free a couple of jailed journalists. Jimmy Carter made the trip in 2010 to secure the release of Aijalon Gomes, who had been sentenced to eight years of hard labor for illegally crossing into the country to do missionary work.

In 2011, the State Department's envoy for North Korean human rights managed to successfully intervene in the case of Korean-American businessman Eddie Yong Su Jun.

The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea and strongly warns American citizens against traveling to the country.

Uri Tours, a New Jersey-based travel agency specializing in North Korea tourism that handled the arrangements for Miller, said in an email Sunday that it was working to have Miller returned to his parents in the United States.

"Although we ask a series of tailored questions on our application form designed to get to know a traveler and his/her interests, it's not always possible for us to foresee how a tourist may behave during a DPRK tour," the travel agency said in a statement on Friday, referring to North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "Unfortunately, there was nothing specific in Mr. Miller's tour application that would have helped us anticipate this unfortunate outcome."

The agency said that as a result of the incident, it now routinely requests a secondary contact and reserves the right to contact those references to confirm facts about a potential tourist. It has also added advice warning tourists not to rip up any officially issued documents and "to refrain from any type of proselytizing."

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