North Korea detains US university student

(AP) – State-run North Korean television has broadcast a statement about the detention of an American student in Pyongyang.

A KRT news reader said in a Friday broadcast that “according to information available from a relevant institution, Warmbier Otto Frederick, student of Virginia University of the U.S., was arrested while perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK after entering it under the guise of tourist for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity with the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation. He is now under investigation.”

It was identical to an earlier dispatch from the North’s official Korean Central News Agency announcing the arrest.

North Korea has sometimes listed English-language surnames first, in the Korean style. The University of Virginia’s online student directory lists someone named Otto Frederick Warmbier as an undergraduate commerce student.

A China-based tour company has confirmed that one if its clients has been detained in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

Young Pioneer Tours, which includes foreigners living in China who travel to North Korea, says the family of the American has been informed and the group has been touch with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which handles U.S. interests in the country.

The group says they are assisting the U.S. State Department closely in this situation.

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