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Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. (Aug 1)

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SHOTLIST:

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Pyongyang, North Korea - August 1, 2014

1. Mid of Matthew Todd Miller, US citizen detained in North Korea being interviewed by Associated Press video crew ++UPSOUND++ "I am in good health."

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Matthew Todd Miller, US citizen detained in North Korea: (see script)

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3. Image of Mathew Todd Miller expands followed by a photo of Jeffrey Edward Fowle

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Pyongyang, North Korea - August 1, 2014

4. Mid of Jeffrey Edward Fowle speaking to the Associated Press (at the end) ++UPSOUND++ "I apologize to the people, the government of the United States as well as to the people and government of the DPRK"

5. Various of letter written by Fowle which summarizes his experience, shown to APTN camera crew

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeffrey Edward Fowle, US citizen detained in North Korea: (see script)

7. Close pan down of letter Fowle which summarizes his experience, shown to APTN camera crew

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8. Map of North Korea with Chongjin identified

9. Image of Mathew Todd Miller expands

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Pyongyang, North Korea - August 1, 2014

10. Close of Jeffrey Edward Fowle, US citizen detained in North Korea, in an interview with the Associated Press video crew

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

TWO AMERICANS DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA SAY THEIR HEALTH IS OK AND THEY ARE BEING TREATED WELL, BUT THEY ARE WORRIED THEY MAY SOON FACE TRIAL.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Matthew Todd Miller, US citizen detained in North Korea:

"I am now requesting help from the American government, the citizens of America, and the world to release me from this situation."

NORTH KOREAN AUTHORITIES ALLOWED MATTHEW TODD MILLER AND JEFFREY EDWARD FOWLE TO MEET A LOCAL ASSOCIATED PRESS TELEVISION NEWS CAMERA CREW AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION ON FRIDAY.

THE TV CREW WAS PERMITTED TO ASK QUESTIONS, BUT IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THE TWO AMERICANS WERE SPEAKING ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE OR IF THEIR COMMENTS WERE COERCED.

JEFFREY FOWLE ALSO PRODUCED A HANDWRITTEN LETTER HE SAID SUMMARIZES HIS EXPERIENCE IN NORTH KOREA.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeffrey Edward Fowle, US citizen detained in North Korea:

"My aim is to get my message out to as many people that can hear it, to help us come home. Americans are held here so that, if somebody is unable to come to Pyongyang then they can get a copy of that and understand a little bit of what is going on here. I need people's help. I need everybody's help I can get."

IT'S NOT KNOWN WHETHER THE LETTER WAS THE AMERICAN'S IDEA OR WAS WRITTEN AS A RESULT OF DIALOGUE WITH THE NORTH KOREAN AUTHORITIES.

FOWLE IS SUSPECTED OF LEAVING A BIBLE AT A NIGHTCLUB IN THE NORTH KOREAN CITY OF CHONGJIN.

IT IS NOT KNOWN WHAT SPECIFIC CRIME MILLER ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED.

NORTH KOREA'S OFFICIAL NEWS AGENCY KCNA ANNOUNCED IN APRIL THAT MILLER TORE UP HIS NORTH KOREAN VISA AND SHOUTED THAT HE WOULD SEEK ASYLUM.

UNTIL NOW, NORTH KOREAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT YET MADE PUBLIC ANY DETAILS OF AN Y OFFENSE IN CONNECTION WITH FOWLE'S DETENTION.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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