North Korea detained a third American citizen over the weekend as tensions continue to rise between the two nations.
Tony Kim, a Korean-American academic who also goes by Kim Sang-duk, was arrested on Saturday as he and his wife were about to leave the country from Pyongyang International Airport. Kim was in North Korea for approximately a month, doing relief work and teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
“We understand this detention is related to an investigation into matters not connected in any way with the work of PUST,” the university said in a statement picked up by CNN. “We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work on the PUST campus.”
Kim is the third American citizen to have been arrested in North Korea over the last 16 months. Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2016 after he confessed that he tried to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel. A month later, Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized American citizen from South Korea, was sentenced to 10 years of labor on charges of espionage.
The arrest comes as North Korea continues to make dire threats against the United States, the latest being a promise to destroy the U.S.S Carl Vinson. It is not yet clear how President Donald Trump will address the situation, though he recently took pride in his involvement of Aya Hijazi‘s safe return from her imprisonment in Egypt.
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