Korea arrests USA citizen over 'coup' plot claim

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington U.S

"In cases where USA citizens are reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish Embassy, which serves as the United States' Protecting Power in North Korea". Last weekend, he spoke with the leaders of Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.He drew criticism in Washington on Monday when he said he would be "honored" to meet North Korea's young leader.

Another American man is now being detained by the North Korean government for allegedly committing "hostile acts", state-run media reports.

The U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan, told reporters Indonesia was among several countries Washington was urging to take a "fresh look" at their North Korea ties. China, North Korea's main supplier, is unlikely to agree because that would be potentially destabilising for the Pyongyang regime, but it may impose curbs on the trade, experts say.

These comments followed the USA flying B-1B strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a move Pyongyang called a "reckless military provocation" that could push the peninsula to the "brink of nuclear war".

According to Tillerson, Washington and Moscow were working to see if trust could be rebuilt by starting one issue at a time.

As some new developments, North Korea dictator Kim Jon Yong seems to be in a new mood to counter China fiercely as per the media reports.

Recent missile launches by North Korea despite sanctions and severe warnings from the United States and others in the worldwide community have raised tension in the region.

"In the past, Pyongyang has demanded that Washington send high-level envoys to obtain the release of USA citizens detained in North Korea", Anthony reported.

Previously, the US itself prepared a plan of evacuation of its 230,000 citizens from the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

A commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) referred to recent commentaries in China's People's Daily andGlobal Times newspapers, which it said were "widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government".

Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test, also in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

DPRK is a reference to North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Repubic of Korea.

While such statements from Pyongyang are often directed toward South Korea, Japan, or the United States, direct criticism of its neighbor and largest trading partner China is rare.

North Korea's response was a metaphorical middle finger.

38 North said the latest images were "unusual and nearly assuredly a component of an overall North Korean deception and propaganda effort" and the result of media reporting on the earlier volleyball sightings. It has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of 2016.

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