January 29, 2010 09:55
Another American has been detained in North Korea for crossing the border from China illegally on Jan. 25, the hermit country's official KCNA news agency said Thursday. "He is now under investigation by the agency concerned," it added.
It did not identify him or give any details about why he entered the North. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said it has no information, as did a State Department official contacted by AFP.
On Dec. 24, a Korean-American missionary named Robert Park (28) crossed the frozen Duman (or Tumen) River in an apparent stunt to draw attention to humans rights abuses in the North. Four days later, KCNA confirmed his detention.
Jo Sung-rae, the director of South Korean activist group Pax Koreana who had worked with Park on campaigns, said, "Right now we have no information about the reported entry of another American" but he is neither a relative or friend of Park's.
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