North Korea detains U.S. citizen; at least 3rd American being held John Bacon , USA
A former Korean-American professor reportedly has been arrested in North Korea, raising to three the number of U.S. citizen now detained by Kim Jong Un's regime. The Yonhap news agency in South Korea reported that the U.S. citizen, identified by his surname Kim, was arrested Friday at Pyongyang International Airport as he was attempting to leave the country. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean- American citizen being detained recently, but declined to provide details to the Associated Press. The U.S. has not embassy in North Korea, so Sweden handles basic diplomatic issues for the U.S. Swedish officials did not immediate respond to a request for information from USA TODAY. Yonhap described Kim as a former professor at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanji, Jilin, China. Yonhap said Kim, in his late 50s, had been involved in aid programs in North Korea and had most recently been there for about a month. The reason for his arrest was not immediately available.