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North Korea Arrests US Professor Kim




By Olufunke Olorunfemi
North Korea, (An24)- An American professor who was arrested by North Korea is being held for committing “hostile acts”, the country’s state media has reported.

The man – named as Kim Sang Duk – was detained at Pyongyang airport in late April.

The state-run KCNA news agency said the American was arrested at the Pyongyang airport for committing “hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country”.

Law enforcement authorities were conducting an investigation into the crime, KCNA said.

The Korean-American – who also goes by the name Tony Kim – had spent a month teaching an accounting course at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), the university’s chancellor, Chan-Mo Park said.

Kim, who is in his fifties, was detained by North Korean officials at Pyongyang International Airport as he attempted to leave the country in April.

The university’s executive leadership released a statement last month saying that it “has learned that Mr Sang Duk (Tony) Kim was detained” by North Korean authorities as he was about to leave the country, “after several weeks of service, teaching at PUST”.

“We understand that this detention is related to an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way with the work of PUST.”


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