Freed reporters describe North Korea ordeal

Laura Ling, Euna Lee say they were in China when arrested

SAN FRANCISCO -- The two American television reporters imprisoned in North Korea for 4 1/2 months have written an article describing the circumstances surrounding their arrests and detention.

In the article posted Tuesday on Current TV's Web site, Laura Ling and Euna Lee said they never intended to cross a frozen river into North Korea and were "firmly back" on Chinese soil when North Korean border guards grabbed them.

North Korea last month pardoned the reporters for trespassing and other "hostile acts" after former president Bill Clinton visited Pyongyang on their behalf.

Lee and Ling say some parts of their captivity are too painful to revisit publicly, but their experiences "pale when compared to the hardship facing so many people living in North Korea or as illegal immigrants in China."