North Korea Detains American For Unknown Reasons And Threatens Nuclear War With Australia
North Korea has detained an American man for unknown reasons as he was planning to take a flight out of the Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning. The detained American was only identified by his common surname, Kim. The South Korean news agency Yonhap said the detained U.S. citizen is in his 50s, was a former professor from Yanbian University in China and had been in North Korea for a month to provide aid to those in need.
The detention was confirmed by Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang. The Swedish Embassy represents US interests in North Korea, since Washington and Pyongyang do not have direct diplomatic relations. “He was prevented from getting on the flight out of Pyongyang,” Aberg told CNN. “We don’t comment further than this.”
The BBC reports that there are currently two other Americans being detained in North Korea:
In January last year, US student Otto Warmbier, 21, was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel while visiting North Korea.
He was given 15 years’ hard labour for crimes against the state in March 2016.
In April last year, Kim Dong-chul, a 62-year-old naturalised US citizen born in South Korea, was sentenced to 10 years’ hard labour for spying. He had been arrested the previous October.