US tourist held in North Korea for 'rash behaviour'

North Korea says it detained a 24-year-old US tourist for "a gross violation of its legal order". Miller Matthew Todd was detained on April 10, for "rash behaviour in the course of going through formalities for entry into the DPRK to tour it."

US State Department 'aware' of tourist detention

The US State Department has said it is aware of reports that a US citizen had been detained in North Korea and it was in touch with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang on the issue.

"We are of course aware of the reports that a US citizen was detained in North Korea," a US State Department spokeswoman told a regular news briefing.

"We don't have additional information to share at this time. We have been in touch with the Embassy of Sweden about these reports."

The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea and the interests of its citizens in the country are represented by Sweden.

US tourist held in North Korea for 'rash behaviour'

North Korea says it detained a 24-year-old American tourist earlier this month for "a gross violation of its legal order".

Miller Matthew Todd was detained on April 10, according to the North Korea news agency following "rash behaviour in the course of going through formalities for entry into the DPRK to tour it."

The news agency said Todd had a tourist visa for the DPRK, but tore it to pieces and shouted that he had come "to the DPRK after choosing it as a shelter."

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