This is believed to be the American student arrested in North Korea for allegedly committing a ‘hostile act under orders from Washington.’
Otto Frederick Warmbier, from the University of Virginia, was in North Korea for a five-day New Year trip and was detained at Pyongyang airport on January 2 ahead of a flight back to China.
Kim Jong Un‘s state-run KCNA news agency said Warmbier entered North Korea as a tourist ‘in order to destroy the country’s unity under the direction of the U.S. government’.
It said the 21-year-old has links to Washington, but did not elaborate.
News of the arrest comes as Washington stepped up pressure on world leaders to impose further sanctions on North Korea over Pyongyang’s claimed hydrogen bomb test two weeks ago.
Warmbier is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, according to the university’s website.
Gareth Johnson, of China-based Young Pioneer Tours, confirmed Warmbier was on one of its tours and said he had been detained before a flight back to China.
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