North Korean soldiers took two American journalists into custody, Tuesday, near the North Korea-China border, according to Korean news reports.
The captured journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both work for the online media outlet Current TV, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.
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It is unclear whether the journalists were captured on the North Korean or Chinese side of the border.
The Rev. Chun Ki-won, Seoul-based Durihana Missions and South Korean activist, said he arranged for the reporters to meet with North Korean defectors. However, he warned the women to stay away from the border.
"I told them very clearly not to go to the border because it's dangerous," he said.
Officials in Washington are now in contact with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, because the U.S. cannot directly contact North Korea.
"What is likely to have happened is that the North Koreans probably tricked the American journalists to come to their side of the river and detained them for ransom," Chun said. He said it is a common tactic of North Korean soldiers.
North Korean spies are known to patrol the Chinese-North Korean border for those trying to survive famine by crossing into China to search for food, medicine or jobs in the booming Chinese economy.
Ling is a sister of Lisa Ling, a former co-host of the American TV talk show "The View" and now a field correspondent for Oprah Winfrey.
Sources: AP, ABC News