N.Korea Detains American Tourist

North Korea on Friday announced it had detained an American tourist. The arrest came as U.S. President Barack Obama was visiting South Korea.

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Matthew Todd Miller was arrested for having behaved aggressively in customs. The man allegedly tore a tourist visa to pieces and shouted that he had come to the North to seek asylum. He grossly violated the "legal order" of the North, it said.

Meanwhile, Obama told reporters after talks with President Park Geun-hye, "We're also deeply concerned about the suffering of the North Korean people, and the United States and South Korea are working together to advance accountability for the serious human rights violations being committed by the North."

The North is "probably the worst human rights violator in the world. North Korea is already the most isolated country in the world by far. Its people suffer terribly because of the decisions its leaders have made," he added. "And we are not going to find a magic bullet that solves this problem overnight."

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 28, 2014 09:56 KST