ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) — The latest detention of a U.S. citizen by North Korea, which raises the number of Americans in their custody to four, is “concerning,” a White House spokesman said, amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
“Obviously, this is concerning. We’re well aware of it and we’re going to work through the Embassy of Sweden ... through our State Department, to seek the release of the individuals there,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday.
Kim Hak Song, who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained on Saturday on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said.
Four U.S. citizens are currently being held in North Korea, a country with which the United States has no diplomatic relations and has technically remained at war with since the 1950-53 Korean conflict.