North Korea says it detained another U.S. citizen over alleged hostile acts


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has announced it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday that Kim Hak Song had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was held on Saturday. It follows another recent detention. North Korea on Wednesday announced the detention of an accounting instructor at the same university, Kim Sang Dok, for “acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.” Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, had said last month that Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang’s international airport. The KCNA didn’t say whether the two cases are connected. If confirmed, this would bring the number of Americans in North Korean custody to four. Pyongyang University of Science and Technology told CBS News they can’t comment yet, but will release a statement. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang has not returned phone calls or responded to emails. The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. Otto Warmbier is currently serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts, and Kim Dong Chul is serving a 10-year term with hard labor for alleged espionage. Reported By: Parminder Singh #DCPBVM


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