Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Wife of American Detained in North Korea Pleads for His Release

Wife of American Detained in North Korea Pleads for His Release

North Korea said on Sunday that it has detained another USA citizen on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state as tensions rise between Pyongyang and Washington.

On Sunday, media reported that a fourth U.S. citizen was detained a day earlier by Pyongyang on suspicion of hostile acts.

Song's warnings of war come after North Korea arrested a second US citizen and professor from the evangelical-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, bringing its total of USA prisoners to four.

- Won Moon Joo, a South Korean studying at New York University, was freed in October 2015 after being detained for six months for illegal entry.

He recently said, however, he would meet Kim "under the right circumstances".

As happened again on Saturday, when a fourth USA citizen was detained in North Korea on suspicion of "hostile acts", raising fears that the regime might be gathering political prisoners at a time when Washington is ramping up pressure, following the North's accelerating nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea has learnt from U.S. military interventions in countries like Afghanistan and Libya that they attack and suppress only "weak" nations and thus, the only way to protect the North is by bolstering its nuclear capabilities, Pyongyang ambassador to the United Kingdom said on Tuesday (9 May).

"When you say the United States means what it says and it will do what it says it's going to do, it matters". First, it broadcasts to the country that North Korea is under threat.

Song, who defected in 2002 from North Korea, where he previously worked as a propaganda artist, told the Mail Online in an interview that the "unavoidable" war with Kim's regime would be a price worth paying for liberating the country's oppressed people.

This week's meeting comes amid a let-up in military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Last year, North Korea sentenced Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, to 15 years of hard labor. He became a US citizen in the 2000s, then returned to China.

In a superheated worldwide exchange that takes tit for tat to a whole new level - one that only could involve North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un - the nuke-minded communist country has pushed back at Colorado Republican U.S. Sen.

But they have said at the same time that the door for dialogue is open.

In a vague text message to journalists Tuesday, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the report from the Japan Times was "known to either be a matter that the US could not confirm, or not true".

"I personally think when President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson made the comments about being willing to negotiate, the focus indeed was and is on their nuclear and missile programs and the commitment that North Korea would have to comprehensive verifiable denuclearization".

The North Korean regime hurled insults at Colorado Sen.

Now, with the detention of the second Korean-American working at Pyongyang University in barely two weeks, a tearful Kim Mi-ok had a message for the North Korean government.

The U.S. State Department noted on Sunday that it was aware of the latest arrest.

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