North Korea congratulates France's Macron for election victory

Geneva Matthews
Мая 10, 2017

PUST confirmed to NBC News that Kim Hak Song, who had been doing agricultural development work at its experimental farm, had been detained but declined to say much more.

The regime's official news agency said Sunday that he was being held for "hostile acts against the country", although details about the alleged acts were not provided by North Korean authorities.

The North's army will launch "a series of more powerful anti-terrorism striking actions and mercilessly destroy the terrorists", read a report published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Monday.

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology or PUST was founded by evangelical Christians and opened in 2010.

"There may come a day if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons program. that having North Korea back into the community of states or in the community of states would be worthwhile - [we're] clearly not there".

The U.S. State Department said in a statement "the security of U.S. citizens is one of the department's highest priorities", and it will work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which represents American interests in the North, to try to secure their freedom.

The trumped up charges against Kim mirror charges made against other Americans, including 22-year-old American Otto Warmbier who was on a guided tour of North Korea when he tried to take a sign with political writing from his hotel.

While the South prepares for its presidential election, some major and mysterious intrigue has been brewing over the past week in North Korea, including announcements that two American university instructors had been arrested and claims of a CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim with some sort of biochemical poison.

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On Sunday, Kim Hak Song became the fourth American citizen now jailed by the repressive regime, on charges such as espionage and "crimes against the state".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15.

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is the only privately funded university in North Korea and is unique for having a large number of foreign staff.

Tensions have mounted in recent weeks over Pyongyang's push to develop missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental U.S., with the North issuing open threats and Washington suggesting military options were being considered.

U.S. Sen. John McCain faced the foreign ministry's wrath in March for calling Kim a "crazy fat kid".

The North Korean reports also said a "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack" would begin immediately.

Seoul has said the dialogues are not related to South Korea policy.

- In 2009, North Korea detained two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, for illegally crossing the border. Its students are generally children of the country's elite.

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