North Korea confirms arrest of U.S. citizen for ‘hostile acts’


PUBLISHED Wed, May 03, 2017 - 7:35am EDT


A U.S. citizen who was detained in North Korea last month is accused of "hostile acts" aimed at overthrowing the regime, state-run media reported on Wednesday, the first time it acknowledged the man's arrest. (more)

A brief article from the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Sang Duk "Tony" Kim was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport at 8 a.m. on April 22. The arrest took place as Kim tried to leave the country.

"He was intercepted for committing criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn the DPRK not only in the past but also during his last stay before interception," the news agency said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The article added that Kim remains in custody while an investigation is carried out. Details about the allegations have not been released.

Kim is a professor at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology (YUST) in China but spent several weeks in North Korea to teach accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST), which is largely funded by the West.

The Pyongyang University of Science & Technology said on April 23 that the allegations are unrelated to Kim's work and presence at the school. "We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work and not on the PUST campus," the university said.

A total of three Americans are being held in North Korea, but Kim's arrest followed weeks of escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, fueled by North Korea's missile tests and its advancing nuclear weapons program, as well as U.S. military exercises and statements by U.S. President Donald Trump.

American tourist Otto Warmbier is serving 15 years imprisonment with hard labor over the theft of a political propaganda poster in January 2016. And Kim Dong Chul, a Korean-American businessman, is serving 10 years on espionage charges.





  North Korea     

 



LEAVE COMMENTS



.

 


Happening Now

Trump to address the nation on U.S. role in Afghanistan

U.S. destroyer John S. McCain collides with cargo ship near Singapore

Iraqi forces launch offensive to liberate Tal Afar from ISIS

U.S. Powerball jackpot rises to $650 million

Possible shooting causes panic at Dolphin Mall in Miami





BNO NEWS RADIO


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.




SIGN-UP BREAKING ALERTS



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!




LIVE WIRE


U.S. destroyer John S. McCain collides with cargo ship near Singapore

Possible shooting causes panic at Dolphin Mall in Miami

Small plane crashes near Madras Airport in Oregon, killing 2

Kentucky Amber Alert: Young boy abducted from Georgetown

Texas Amber Alert: Young boy abducted from Midland





VIDEOS


Google employee James Damore, author of diversity memo, is fired

Gone fishing: Russia’s Putin bares chest on Siberian lake trip

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, calls it ‘flawed’

Trump replaces White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

North Korea fires missile capable of reaching major U.S. cities