North Korea detention of fourth USA citizen 'concerning' - White House

"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.

- Won Moon Joo, a South Korean studying at New York University, was freed in October 2015 after being detained for six months for illegal entry.

South Korea, the US and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions, which have sometimes involved high-profile Americans sent to secure the release of the Americans.

Kim was detained on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

In retaliation, North Korea is undertaking "counter-terrorism measures of justice", he added. Despite being a U.S. citizen, Song was apparently committed to improving the lives of North Koreans by refining their agriculture technology, according to CNN.

Kim Dong Chul, a South Korean-born USA citizen told CNN he was president of a trade and hotel services company in Rason, North Korea.

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North Korea said Kim Sang-dok was arrested "for committing criminal acts", but did not elaborate.

The detentions also come amid heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

However, it is highly unlikely for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile programs any time soon and before the United States provides a security guarantee to the regime in concrete terms. It said his detention was not related to his work at the university and therefore it could not comment further.

Friday's report said that a "hideous terrorist group" conspired with the CIA and South Korea's National Intelligence Service to mount the "bio-chemical" attack.

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, or PUST, is run by evangelical Christians, and due to exposure to foreign faculty members, pupils are heavily vetted for something Madden calls "political reliability" before they are admitted.

Even so, it's expected that students report on their interactions with foreign staff.

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Korean American writer Suki Kim went to PUST undercover as an English teacher in 2011 and later wrote a book about her experiences.

But assuming the North would not accept the offer, Beijing reportedly told Pyongyang that it would separately provide economic aid and guarantee "North Korea and the United States working toward concluding a peace treaty" in exchange for denuclearization.

"There, in that relentless vacuum, nothing moved". He was accused of stealing a propaganda poster, and North Korean officials released a video that purported to show him taking it. "Your choice is do the tough things with the North Koreans or we will have to do something, '" Rice said.

Bennett noted that such training has been included and expanded upon in annual wargames hosted by South Korea, which were bigger than ever this year.

"PUST was sort of a breakthrough", Delury said.

But Kim has continued to threaten the USA with military strikes, telling them it is ready to wage a "final sacred war" at what it sees as war mongering by Trump.

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