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Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

10 May 2017

Kim Hak Song was arrested Saturday "on suspicion of his hostile acts against [the state]", North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA reported Sunday.

"During that visit, Mr Kim was at PUST to do agricultural development work with PUST's experimental farm", it said in a statement.

- Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained April 22 at the Pyongyang airport.

In the past few weeks two USA citizens working at PUST – North Koreas only privately run University – have been detained.

An ethnic Korean born in China in 1963, Kim studied agriculture at a Chinese university, then studied theology in Los Angeles between 1995 and 2005.

The United States has sent an aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean coast as a warning to North Korea to cut back on its military activities.

In April, North Korea had detained another U.S. citizen for alleged hostile activities and there are two other Americans serving jail terms for anti-Pyongyang activities.

The others are Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts - he allegedly tried to steal a propaganda banner at his tourist hotel - and Kim Dong Chul, serving a 10-year term with hard labor for alleged espionage.

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Tension between the USA and North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, after concerns were raised about North Korea's advancing weapons program. Just last week, North Korea state media published an 1,800-word report accusing the US and South Korea of plotting to kill leader Kim Jong Un.

There are two other United States citizens serving jail sentences for anti-North Korea activities. Kim had spent several weeks in North Korea to teach accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science & Technology.

PUST is North Korea's only privately funded university and has a large number of foreign teachers, including Americans.

The KCNA report on his detention said he was "doing business in relation to the operation of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology".

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The idea is among a set of proposals that the USA floated during recent discussions with Chinese officials on how best to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue.

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".

But they have said at the same time that the door for dialogue is open. However, the reducing levels of tension between both governments appears to have convinced AFC to allow North Korea to host the match on home turf.