An American uni/college student has been arrested in North Korea and accused of committing a “hostile act” against the state.
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Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained in Pyongyang, according to Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel company he was with.
No details as to what exactly he did, but North Korea is saying he entered as a tourist with the intention “to destroy the country’s unity” and also believe that the US government “tolerated and manipulated” him.
They gave no further details but say he is under investigation.
The US meanwhile is “aware of media reports that a US citizen was detained in North Korea” and is working with its protecting power, the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to figure out what to do about it.
Would be great if we knew the details of what Otto actually did to rub Kim up the wrong way, but I’m guessing it wasn’t good. I mean you’re kind of setting yourself up by going to North Korea in the first place, but you’d have to be a special kind of stupid to actually test their temperament or bend any of their rules whilst over there. Maybe spending some time in a North Korean prison will do Otto some good?
P.S. Classic Kim Jong-un to immediately assume this kid is a spy for the US government. Although who knows — would be pretty smart sending someone in as an undercover uni student instead of an actual CIA guy. 21 Jump Street ever heard of it?
You can read a harrowing first-hand account of life in North Korea HERE.