A Korean-American citizen was detained at Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday as he tried to leave North Korea following a month of teaching at the city’s university. Tony Kim, who is also known as Kim Sang-duk, had reportedly undertaken some humanitarian work while in the country. His detention comes at time of increased tension between the US and North Korea.

From the AP

North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.

Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

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From the Mirror

North Korea arrests and detains US professor at airport as he attempts to leave secretive country

Korean-American 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 also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk and is in his fifties, was detained by North Korean officials at Pyongyang International Airport as he attempted to leave the country, Park said.

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From Al Jazeera

North Korea ‘arrests US citizen’ at Pyongyang airport

The Swedish embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained on Friday, but could not comment further.

The embassy looks after consular affairs for the US in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

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