From AP: “An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North’s state media said Thursday… Analysts say Pyongyang could use Bae as a bargaining chip as it seeks dialogue with Washington.”
It seems really difficult to read into North Korea’s motives right now especially with this latest sentence.
Are they seeking leverage?
Are they trying to construct a certain image on the world stage?
Are they looking to distract us from some other plan?
Only time will tell.