Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Korean-American detained in North Korea

An American man has been detained in North Korea, two State Department officials told CNN.Diplomatic sources speaking on condition of not being identified said the man is a Korean-American businessman. One of the sources said the businessman had a visa to enter North Korea.

The State Department is working with the Swedish Embassy in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the officials said.The Swedes have been granted consular access to the man and have visited him, the officials said.

North Korea has detained several Americans in recent years, increasing tension levels in what is already a rocky relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.

In 2010, former President Jimmy Carter helped secure the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a U.S. citizen and Christian activist, who had been fined roughly $600,000 and sentenced to eight years of hard labor for crossing over the Chinese border into North Korea.

1 comment:

Grant Montgomery said...

All that is known is that North Korea confirmed that it has arrested an American man for committing an unspecified crime and is preparing to indict him.

The man, identified by the North's official Korean Central News Agency as Jun Young Su, is the latest U.S. citizen to be detained in the reclusive communist state in recent years.

North Korea informed Washington that Jun is being given necessary humanitarian conveniences including consular contact with Swedish Embassy officials in Pyongyang.