North Korean confirms detention of American citizen

Kim Dong Chul, center, a U.S. citizen detained in North Korea, is escorted to his trial Friday, April 29, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A North Korean court has sentenced an ethnic Korean U.S. citizen to 10 years in prison for what it called acts of espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has confirmed the detention of an American citizen for alleged acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.

The Korean Central News Agency says officials “intercepted” Kim Sang Dok at Pyongyang International Airport on April 22.

Wednesday’s KCNA dispatch says authorities were detaining Kim and are conducting a detailed investigation into his alleged crime.

It says Kim was invited to Pyongyang University of Science and Technology to teach accounting as a professor.

The school’s chancellor and the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang earlier gave the information about Kim’s detention but the reason for his arrest wasn’t known. They used a different spelling of Kim’s name.

The North is currently holding at least two other Americans, Kim Dong Chul and Otto Warmbier.


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