Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

North Korea Holding 4th US Citizen in Detention


"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it", read the North Korean announcement, as transcribed by Reuters.

At the same time, the deployment of an American missile defence system in South Korea to protect its ally against an unpredictable North has angered China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. An Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced today, despite strained ties over an assassination in Kuala Lumpur.

A diplomatic insider revealed Washington has offered North Korea an olive branch before it launches a full-scale assault.

Yet other than their detention, there is very little that the four men have in common.

Similarly, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, wrote in USA Today this week that putting too much pressure on North Korea could backfire.

Another American was held by North Korea in the weekend.

"The security of U.S. citizens is one of the Department's highest priorities".

North Korea's mission to the U.N. said at the same time that the nation's government would react to a "total" war with the US with nuclear war, adding that the isolated nation would "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists" and that North Korea "can never be frightened" by the Trump administration.

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He was living in China near the border with North Korea and working in a special economic zone in North Korea as the president of a trade and hospitality company.

He has a wife and two daughters in China.

Warmbier is a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student and a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to touching on the comments that were viewed as "very disturbing" by USA lawmakers, Rice also discussed Trump's openness to hold talks with the North Korean leader.

On Jan. 2, 2016, as he was departing through Pyongyang's airport, he was detained.

Rice said the North appears to be trying to show it's powerful. A missionary, Bae had been detained while leading a tour group in 2012 and was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-government activities.

The wife of an American citizen detained in North Korea for suspected "hostile acts" against Pyongyang, has pleaded for his release, the media reported.

The U.S. state department said in a short statement that it is aware of the latest arrest.

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