Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

May 7 North Korea said on Sunday it has detained another American citizen for suspicion of acts against the state, which if confirmed would make him the fourth US citizen to be held by the isolated country amid diplomatic tensions.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said that Kim Hak Song had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was held on Saturday.

In Washington, the State Department said it was aware of the report of the new detention and that "the security of USA citizens is one of the department's highest priorities". Kim was detained in April at the airport in Pyongyang.

"The relevant authority is now carrying out a detailed investigation into the crime of Kim Hak-song", the state-run news agency said. The U.S. has not yet commented on the report, which if confirmed, would make Kim Hak Song the fourth American citizen in North Korean custody.

In a 2015 message on the website of a Korean-Brazilian church in Sao Paulo, Kim Hak Song said he was a Christian missionary planning to start an experimental farm at the Pyongyang school and was trying to help the North Korean people learn to become self-sufficient. U.S. President Donald Trump has further spiked animosity by saying he isn't ruling out military action against the North, although Trump has also said he would be willing to talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

And Kim Dong Chul, the president of a company involved in worldwide trade and hotel services, was arrested in 2015 and is serving 10 years on espionage charges.

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