Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

Last week, KCNA said the North Korean government had uncovered "hideous terrorists' group" that had sought to kill Kim Jong-un with unspecified biochemical agents.

A similar round of talks, also involving Choe, had been due to take place in the United States in March, but the North Korean delegation was denied U.S. visas at the last moment after the killing of the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the worldwide airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an assassination USA officials blamed squarely on Pyongyang. It said his detention was not related to his work at the university and therefore it could not comment further.

"There may come a day if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons program and so on and so forth, and having North Korea back in the community of states or in the community of states would be worthwhile", she said.

Kim Mi-ok, right, and her husband Kim Hak-song, who has been detained by North Korea, are seen in a photo provided to CNN by the family.

"I understand that China, which has even extended its trade sanctions against North Korea to the financial sector, is now considering a temporary closure of the Yalu River Bridge-the symbol of trade for the two countries", the source said.

The North Korean authorities detained a USA citizen called Kim Hak-song on Saturday.

PUST is a university that mostly teaches the children of North Korea's elite.

North Korea condemned the United States in a statement that commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Seventh Party Congress.

Kim Mi-ok said her husband had been falsely accused.

But it said Kim had been working for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) - an institution founded by evangelical Christians from overseas and opened in 2010, which is known to have a number of American faculty members.

Wife of American detained in North Korea pleads for his release

The North Korean delegation is reportedly led by Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North America bureau chief of the communist nation's foreign ministry.

The U.S. state department said in a short statement that it is aware of the latest arrest.

Kim's arrest makes him the fourth US citizen to be detained by North Korea and the second PUST-affiliated American to be detained in recent weeks.

In a 30-minute interview, Rice said the United States needed to find a way to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 US election but without engaging in "tit-for-tat" retaliation by meddling in Russian elections.

North Korea affirmed the detaining of Tony Kim on Wednesday who was taken from the airport as he was trying to leave North Korea.

In Washington, the State Department said it was aware of the report of the new detention and that "the security of USA citizens is one of the department's highest priorities".

Korean-American Kim Dong Chul is serving 10 years on espionage charges and Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from OH, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2016 for removing a propaganda poster.

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