N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 8, 2017

North Korea said Sunday it has detained an American citizen for suspicion of acts against the state.

"The security of US citizens is one of the Department's highest priorities", the statement said.

It said Kim had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), as had the USA citizen detained last month.

North Korea announced Sunday that it has detained yet another USA citizen - the fourth now in the Hermit Kingdom's custody. The department works with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which serves as the United States' Protecting Power in North Korea, in dealing with such matters, the statement said. The allegation followed a near unanimous vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday to toughen sanctions on North Korea and other countries that help its nuclear and missile programs, including China.

North Korea on Wednesday announced the detention of an accounting instructor at the same university, Kim Sang Dok, for "acts of hostility aimed to overturn" the country.

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology - founded by evangelical Christians from overseas and opened in 2010 - is known to have a number of American faculty members. In a statement, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology said Kim was doing agricultural development work with the university's agricultural farm.

"North Korea is persecuting their savior, a person who came to help them".

He was detained by North Korea "on suspension of his hostile acts against it", according to the news agency, and "a relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes".

Kim Dong-chul, who is in his early 60s and was born in South Korea but became a USA citizen in 1987, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last April on charges of spying.

Other prisoners include Otto Frederick Warmbier, a former business student at the University of Virginia, and Kim Dong-chul, a businessman.

Four Americans are now believed to be in North Korean custody, CNN reports. I mean, that's the primary core issue that has to be addressed by the North Koreans."That does not mean, however, that the detainees will not be part of that dialogue because I - from my experience, I would say one of the first requirements we would have is to show goodwill".

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