Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea detains another USA citizen: state media


"I hope everybody joins in resolving this issue as soon as possible", said Kim Mi Ok, the wife of agriculture researcher Kim Hak-song, who was arrested Saturday on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the North Korean government.

Two other American citizens also are being held in North Korea.

Kim had also been working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, in agricultural development with its "experimental farm", the university said in a statement.

An official of the U.S. State Department said the detentions underscored "the risk associated with travel to North Korea".

The US has in the past accused North Korea of detaining its citizens to use them as pawns.

Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Dok are two of at least four US citizens being detained now in North Korea. KCNA did not say whether the two cases are connected.

"When a U.S. citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which serves as the United States' Protecting Power in North Korea", the official said. Since the diplomatic relations between the USA and the North are practically nil, the State Department is working with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to negotiate Song's predicament.

U.S. President Donald Trump often talks tough about North Korea, emphasizing the need to put more pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.

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The dialogue was robust and collaborative, according to a US senior administration official speaking to reporters at a briefing. And a 5 percent drop in tourism would cost the USA economy $12 billion to $15 billion and between 500,000 and 1 million jobs.

The first signs of trouble came on April 22, when the North Koreans suddenly detained Tony Kim, a fellow Korean-American academic teaching at the same university in Pyongyang.

- American tourist Otto Warmbier was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion.

"I think they're doing as well as anybody could, this is just a really hard problem", Rice said.

Mr. Choe II further claimed that North Korea and their supreme leader is not concerned about all the threats being imposed on them from enemy states because the nation is "fully ready to respond". He was responding to comments made by President Trump, who had said that he would be "honored" to meet with Kim "under the right circumstances".

However, PUST appears to have been tolerated as long as its Christian activities were conducted behind closed doors and the faculty did not try to proselytize to the North Korean students.

But North Korea insists that it must continue to develop nuclear weapons because of the "hostile" policy of the United States.

South Korea accuses the North of masterminding the killing and Malaysian police at the time named several North Korean suspects.

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