Barack Obama says he’s “deeply concerned” about the jailing of two American journalists in North Korea.
Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been given 12 years for “hostile acts” and illegal entry from China.
Our correspondent in Seoul says the women could be used as “bargaining chips” to win concessions from Washington – that could mean face-to-face talks or humanitarian aid.
The UN is considering tightening sanctions against Pyongyang and Hilary Clinton talks about re instating North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
What should the U.S do about the women ? Isn’t every country powerless against North Korea ?