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Detention of fourth United States citizen by N. Korea 'concerning': White House

10 May 2017

"I waited until the train doors closed, but I couldn't find him", Kim Mi-ok said.

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. "I'm going to continue to call on the President to fully enforce my legislation that will economically cripple the North Korean Regime, and if that gets this madman to send nonsensical insults at me so be it".

Classmates from the United States told CNN that Kim Hak Song is an ethnic Korean who was born in China and emigrated to the United States in the 1990s.

The move freezes any North Korean assets under US jurisdiction and forbids most business between USA companies and the North Korean officials. It was there that he was also ordained as an evangelical Christian pastor affiliated with the Oriental Mission Church in Los Angeles.

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The wife of a USA citizen who worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was detained from leaving North Korea this weekend pleaded for his immediate release. She insisted that he did not engage in missionary work in fiercely atheistic North Korea.

Gardner made the comments last week on MSNBC's Morning Joe, when he said "most people agree" that Kim is a "whack job".

In the 1990s, North Korea suffered from a starvation that was estimated to have led to the deaths of some 2.5 million people. Last year, Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in prison after he confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner.

"When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang" to try to secure their freedom.

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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.

"Korean-style antiterrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the U.S imperialists and the upper clique", the statement added.

Former U.S. -Korean professor Kim Sang-duk was arrested by at the Pyongyang International Airport on April 21 following a month in North Korea working on humanitarian activities. "Therefore, we can not comment on anything that Mr Haksong Kim is alleged to have done", a university statement said.

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Detention of fourth United States citizen by N. Korea 'concerning': White House