Another U.S. Citizen Arrested in North Korea

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June 6 2014 1:11 PM

Another U.S. Citizen Arrested in North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at a military parade.

Photo by Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea has detained yet another U.S. citizen. The country’s state media announced on Friday that authorities had arrested an American tourist for allegedly violating visa regulations, the third such detention in the last two years.

Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered North Korea on April 29 and “acted in violation of the DPRK law, contrary to the purpose of tourism during his stay," the Korean Central News Agency reported. No specific crimes were mentioned, but he is currently in custody and undergoing questioning.

If confirmed, Fowle will be the third known American in detention in North Korea, including Korean-American tour leader Kenneth Bae who has been held for over a year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of attempting to overthrow the state.

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Another U.S. citizen, Matthew Miller, 24, was arrested in April after allegedly ripping up his visa and declaring he was not a tourist, according to KCNA.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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