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Fri Jun 6, 2014, 06:06 AM

North Korea Detains Another American

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Friday that it has detained an American citizen who visited the country as a tourist, and that it was investigating him on charges of violating its laws.

The man, Jeffrey Edward Fowle, entered North Korea on April 29 and “perpetrated activities that violated the laws of our republic, which did not fit his stated purpose of visiting our republic as a tourist,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said. “Our related agency has detained him and is investigating him.”

The news agency gave no further details about Mr. Fowle, like where in the United States he came from.

The U.S. had already advised that no Americans should travel to the North, following the arrest last year of an 85-year-old American tourist, Merrill E. Newman of Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Newman was released after more than a month of captivity. The North had accused him of war crimes after learning that Mr. Newman, a Korean War veteran, had helped train anti-Communist guerrillas during the war. But it cited Mr. Newman’s age, 85 at the time, as a reason for releasing him.

But North Korea is still holding at least two other American citizens.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after he was caught in the North in late 2012. Mr. Bae was accused of trying to establish a secret proselytizing network inside the North, using his tourism business as a front. North Korea has said that it was also holding Matthew Todd Miller, also an American, who it said tore up his visa and demanded asylum after arriving in Pyongyang on April 10.

Washington has no diplomatic ties with North Korea and the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang represents the interests of American citizens held in the North. North Korea has twice cancelled its invitation for Robert King, Washington’s special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, to discuss Mr. Bae’s case.

“We are aware of reports that a third U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea,” said a State Department official in Washington who declined to share further details. “There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad.”

The official said that the Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea “due to the risk of arbitrary detention or arrest.”

North Korea has often been suspected of using people held in the country as political bargaining chips to force Washington and others to negotiate with it. It had previously released United States citizens it had held when prominent Americans, such as the former President Bill Clinton, visited the country.

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st. thomas aquinus Jun 2014 #3
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Daves Not Here Man Jun 2014 #9

Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 06:31 AM

1. Apparently, he took a bible there and left it in his hotel room before attempting to leave

Religious nut.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 09:40 AM

2. I find it hard to feel sorry...

 

For anyone foolish enough to break into a lions cage too....
As far as the religious nuts...Good riddance!!

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 02:00 PM

3. please people I beg you

Don't go to North Korea
Just don't.

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Response to st. thomas aquinus (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 06:34 PM

5. Tell it to Dennis

Rodman has friends in low places over there

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Response to May25th (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 06:53 PM

6. well most dont

so dont

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 06:32 PM

4. oh, they got plenty of religion in NorK

Most of it revolves around their god leader,
BUT they do have Christian worship services in the north, you'll have to watch or find it

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 12:10 AM

7. Why would anybody want to visit North Korea?

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 12:19 AM

8. Don't want to get imprisond by a crazy country don't do shit to anger said crazy country.

Screw him. Same with that other dude that was proselytizing.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 07:47 AM

9. North Korea is fascinating.

I enjoy watching docs on the country. They're certifiable. What's it like to live there and be under such oppression.

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