VIDEO: Laura Ling Breaks Silence To Oprah About Being Detained In North Korea

May 17 2010, Published 9:32 a.m. ET

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For the first time, Laura Ling, the journalist sister of TV personality Lisa Ling, opens up about being interrogated after her illegal entry into North Korea last year, in a joint appearance with her sister on Tuesday's edition of Oprah.

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After illegally crossing into North Korea without a visa in March 2009, Laura and colleague Euna Lee were held in North Korea last year for almost five months until former U.S. President Bill Clinton successfully met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to have them pardoned.

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Laura told Oprah Winfrey she confessed to North Korean officials that she was trying to overthrow their government because she "knew that was the confession they wanted to hear," and she was told that if she didn't confess, "the worst could happen."

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Laura said it was one of the most difficult decisions she ever had to make in her life, as she knew the wrong response could land her in front of a firing squad.

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The full interview airs Tuesday on Oprah.



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