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North Korea Detains Fourth American Citizen on Charges of 'Hostile Acts'

15 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waving from a balcony of the Grand People's Study house following a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Py NKorea to host Malaysia in soccer after diplomatic dispute
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 11:50

North Korean state media reports the country has detained a USA citizen - the fourth US citizen being held there amid rising tensions between the two countries.

"When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang", a State Department official said in an emailed statement, declining to provide further details for privacy reasons.

The North's KCNA news agency reported Kim Hak Song, who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained on Saturday. "But as far as we know, it's not true", a foreign ministry official in Seoul said. He was identified as Kim Hak Song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

The new detentions come amidst growing tensions between the US and North Korea. "When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang".

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In retaliation, North Korea is undertaking "counter-terrorism measures of justice", he added. Other us citizens have been held in North Korea such as Otto Warmbier, a 22 year old student from OH who was arrested in 2016 as well as Kim Dong Chul, a 62 year old, arrested in 2015 while.

Just a day after his detention was revealed, little is known about Kim Hak Song.

North Korea said on Friday it has foiled a plot by spy agencies of the United States and South Korea to assassinate its top leader Kim Jong-un during mass celebrations last month.

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Kim Sang Dok, another U.S. citizen teaching at the same Christian university, was detained in April according to state media.

A senior North Korean diplomat in charge of USA affairs is scheduled to meet soon with former US government officials in Europe, diplomatic sources said Sunday.

The first signs of trouble came on April 22, when the North Koreans suddenly detained Tony Kim, a fellow Korean-American academic teaching at the same university in Pyongyang.

The Asian Football Confederation says the game can go ahead in Pyongyang on June 8 after the Malaysian soccer federation confirmed it was not subject to "government travel restrictions".

During his first interview as North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Lee said there has been a lack of discussion about engagement projects such as PUST, the North's only private university, and if they have truly changed the regime's behavior or if such projects have changed those seeking to engage Pyongyang.

Tensions have peaked with North Korea amid fears Kim is readying for a sixth nuclear bomb test after a string of ballistic missile tests. Warmbier was convicted of subversion in March 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

The administration also claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency bribed a North Korean citizen $40,000 (£32,000) to carry out the assassination.