North Korea says it is holding an American tourist

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The State Department is confirming that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea, but it

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is confirming that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea, but it's offering no additional information, citing privacy reasons.

The Korean Central News Agency identifies the man as Jeffrey Fowle. It says he entered the country at the end of April as a tourist, and acted "contrary to the purposes of tourism" in violation of the law.

Two other Americans were already being held in North Korea. A Korean-American missionary, Kenneth Bae, has been held since November of 2012, and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what were described as hostile acts against the state. Another man, identified by a tourist agency as Matthew Miller, was detained in April for alleged improper behavior while entering the country.

North Korea has been pushing to promote tourism as part of efforts to earn badly needed foreign currency.

The State Department last month warned Americans against traveling with private tour operators to North Korea.


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