Wife of American detained in Pyongyang pleads for release

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un right in April

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un right in April

An official of the U.S. State Department said the detentions underscored "the risk associated with travel to North Korea".

According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report issued on Sunday, Kim is under suspicion of committing "hostile acts" against the DPRK, though the article did not elaborate further.

North Korean officials began informal talks with a group of American experts in Oslo, Norway, amid speculation that Washington may seek dialogue with Pyongyang, diplomatic sources said Tuesday. "I waited until the train doors closed, but I couldn't find him", Kim said.

"I think that's what the administration is trying to do is to change their calculus so that the Chinese see that if they don't deal with the North Koreans, we will", she said.

Asked for her thoughts on Trump's remark that Kim Jong Un was a "a pretty smart cookie,"Rice replied: "Well, he is a smart cookie. he obviously knows what he's doing".

Song is, however, fearful that Kim will invade South Korea.

"On May 3, some (expletive) by the name of Cory Gardner, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, perpetrated wicked blasphemy against our supreme dignity during an interview with NBC". It was there that he was also ordained as an evangelical Christian pastor affiliated with the Oriental Mission Church in Los Angeles. He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the same workplace as another American, accounting instructor Kim Sang Dok, whose detention was announced on May 3.

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Kim Hak Song is now the tenth American to be detained by North Korea's current leader, Kim Jong-un.

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He was living in China near the border with North Korea and working in a special economic zone in the largely isolated country as president of a trade and hospitality company.

In the 1990s, North Korea suffered from a starvation that was estimated to have led to the deaths of some 2.5 million people. He has been linked to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), though the reasons for his detention are now unclear.

USA and South Korean intelligence officials have dismissed the accusations.

The report came a week after Trump told Bloomberg News he would be "honored" to meet with Kim if the circumstances were right, the first time he's personally given a green light to direct talks with the North Korean leader.

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