Detention of American Christian in North Korea 'concerning' - White House

Detention of American Christian in North Korea 'concerning' - White House

"During that visit, Mr Kim was at PUST to do agricultural development work with PUST's experimental farm", it said in a statement.

"The relevant authority is now carrying out a detailed investigation into the crime of Kim Hak-song", the state-run news agency said.

Kirby also noted that this was the first time numerous North Korean officials involved have been publicly named, citing the secretive nature of the regime.

And on Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impose new sanctions.

The editorial used as evidence of the United State's future designs the recent joint military drills conducted by American and South Korean troops, an even that occurs annually.

CNN reported that Kim Hak-song, the latest US citizen under arrest, was born in Jilin, China, and educated at a university in California.

But they bring to four the number of USA citizens now known to be in custody in the North.

In addition to Kim Sang Dok and Kim Hak Song, the BBC notes North Korea is holding two other American citizens: 62-year-old Kim Dong Chul, who was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for espionage, and 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who was given 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

"When you say the United States means what it says and it will do what it says it's going to do, it matters".

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.

Detention of American Christian in North Korea 'concerning' - White House
Detention of American Christian in North Korea 'concerning' - White House

What, if anything, the arrests have to the alleged plot is unknown.

The volunteer faculty of PUST, many of whom are evangelical Christians, has a curriculum that includes subjects once considered taboo in North Korea, such as capitalism.

Police said four North Korean men were suspected to have taken part in the murder plot, but they are believed to have returned to Pyongyang. The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak-song was detained on Saturday.

In 2011, writer Suki Kim went undercover at PUST, posing as an English teacher and missionary.

Unless there is a major upset, liberal Moon Jae-in - who calls for a moderate approach on North Korea, wants to reform powerful family-run conglomerates and boost fiscal spending to create jobs - will be elected president.

Classmate David Kim said that Kim Hak-song came to the United States in the mid-1990s.

A decision to close off the Yalu River Railway Bridge would come amid a general tightening of the border between the two neighboring countries and serve as the latest indication that China is ratcheting up pressure on the North in light of several ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang in the past year.

"PUST exposes them to all sorts of subject matter and to interesting people", Madden said.

But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that Xi and Trump agreed to increase cooperation on curbing North Korea's nuclear program, which the Chinese leader said had reached a serious stage.

This week's meeting comes amid a let-up in military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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