Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:32 PM
alp227 (29,327 posts)
American citizen being held in North Korea, U.S. says
An American citizen has been detained in North Korea for more than a month, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. government does not believe that Kenneth Bae, who has traveled to North Korea several times before, is being mistreated, a U.S. official told CNN.
The Swedish government, which acts as the protecting power for the U.S. in North Korea, is working to get consular access and trying to get him released, the official said.
Bae's detention was first reported by South Korean newspapers, which said that Bae, a tour operator, entered North Korea at the port city of Rajin accompanied by five other tourists. Bae and the group were on a five-day trip to the country, according to South Korea's Yonhap News.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/asia/american-held-north-korea/index.html
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American citizen being held in North Korea, U.S. says (Original post)
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:40 PM
Diclotican (5,061 posts)
Poor man - to be imprisoned in a place as North Korea could not be a good idea - in the best of times to be in prison in North Korea is a bad Idea - but the last couple of years I suspect be in prison in that Country is worse than ever before... Specially now in the winter where even loyal party members is freezing ...
And if mr Bae was in NK in a legitimate fashion then I wonder why he was arrested in the first place. But then again, it is North Korea we are speaking of, and they tend to deiced for them self, on their own will who could be arrested and not..
Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:35 PM
AlecBGreen (3,874 posts)
5. it could be a cover story
spies, missionaries and others may have reasons for hiding the true intent of their visit.
Response to AlecBGreen (Reply #5)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:55 PM
John2 (2,730 posts)
6. I was
stationed in South Korea on the DMZ. You cannot go into North Korea without special permission and the United States does not have formal relations with North Korea because technically, we are still at war. We only have a truce with them. And they do not let Americans carry on religious missionary work in North Korea. They consider contact with North Korean citizens espionage. So I doubt he was there on missionary work or he would have been arrested. They only give guided tours and tourists, especially South Koreans and Americans are closely monitored. In fact, American citizens are rarely given permission to travel to North Korea. And if he took a photograph, the North Korean security forces would take that as espionage, especially if you were an American or South Korean.
Response to John2 (Reply #6)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:04 PM
AlecBGreen (3,874 posts)
8. thats exactly my point
"So I doubt he was there on missionary work or he would have been arrested."
Proselytizing is forbidden, so if someone wants to spread the gospel in North Korea, they would have to declare another reason why they are entering. Its the same in China, though the consequences of being caught are less severe in the PRC.