North Korea apprehends US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

Sunday, April 23, 2017|5:38 a.m.

PYONGYANG, North Korea– North Korea has actually detained a U.S. citizen, authorities said Sunday, giving three the variety of Americans now being held there.

Tony Kim, who likewise goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, inning accordance with Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Park said Kim, who remains in his 50s, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was apprehended by officials as he was trying to leave the nation from Pyongyang’s international airport.

The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang stated it knew a Korean-American resident being apprehended just recently, but could not comment even more.

The embassy takes care of consular affairs for the United States in North Korea due to the fact that the 2 nations do not have diplomatic relations.

Park said Kim had taught at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China prior to concerning Pyongyang. He said he was notified that the detention had “absolutely nothing to do” with Kim’s work at the university however did not know further information.

As of Sunday night, North Korea’s main media had not reported on the detention.

Though no information on why Kim was apprehended have been launched, the detention comes at a time of uncommonly increased tensions between the United States and North Korea. Both countries have just recently been trading dangers of war and having another American in jail will likely up the ante even further.

Last year, Otto Warmbier, then a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was sentenced to 15 years of tough labor in jail after he admitted to attempting to take a propaganda banner.

Kim Dong Chul, who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have U.S. citizenship, is serving a sentence of Ten Years for espionage.

Another immigrant, a Canadian pastor, is also being detained in North Korea. Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian citizen in his 60s, was founded guilty and sentenced to life in jail in 2015 on charges of aiming to use religious beliefs to ruin the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities entice and kidnap North Korean people.

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