The women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, are to go on trial Thursday on spying charges.
"Our families have been quiet because the situation is very sensitive and we've been really trying to allow diplomacy to take its course," Lisa Ling, Laura's sister, said on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Monday night. "But you know, you'd have to be hiding under a rock not to see what's going on in the Korean Peninsula.
"I mean tensions are so heated," she continued, "and the girls are essentially in the midst of this nuclear standoff."
The pair was reporting on the plight of North Korean defectors living along the border of China and North Korea when they were taken into custody on March 17.
North Korea said the reporters had entered the country illegally. The women were accused of "hostile acts" and charged with spying.
Until now, their families had not commented publicly, citing the sensitive nature of the case.
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