2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Two Americans 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.

The two men, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle, also apologized to North Korea and the United States, saying they had committed crimes. It wasn't clear whether they were speaking on their own initiative, or whether the statements were coerced.

They made the comments in a video shot Friday 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.

North Korea has accused the Americans of committing hostile acts that violated their status as tourists.

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