North Korea arrests US student for ‘hostile act’
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 22, 2016
North Korea says it has arrested a US student accused of committing a hostile act against the state. State news agency KCNA reported that the student, identified as Otto Frederick Warmbier had entered North Korea as a tourist, and aimed to destroy the country’s unity.
It did not give further details, but said the student is now under investigation. It added that the US government had tolerated and manipulated the University of Virginia student.
An official at the US embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said that it was aware of the arrest. The student is the third Westerner known to be held in North Korea.
Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor of South Korean origin, was sentenced to life imprisonment for an alleged plot to overthrow the government. A Korean-American is also thought to be in North Korean detention on charges of spying.