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North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, potentially raising tensions

North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, potentially raising tensions

North Korean authorities have reportedly detained a U.S. citizen, raising the total number of Americans known to be held in North Korea to three and potentially deepening animosities between Washington and Pyongyang at an already tense moment.

North Korean officials detained Tony Kim, an academic who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang’s international airport on Saturday, Park Chan-mo, chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, told the Associated Press.

Park said Kim, who is 58, taught accounting at the university for about a month. The reason for his detention was unclear.

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