North Korea detains US citizen Tony Kim; could it be "path forward"?

BEIJING — With a USS Carl Vinson naval strike organisation streamer for a Korean Peninsula, North Korea continues a uncover of defiance.


A matter expelled Sunday by a Pyongyang University of Science and Technology reliable that Tony Kim, a U.S. citizen, had been detained “as he was about to leave” a country, after spending “several weeks” training during a school.

As CBS News match Adriana Diaz reports, Kim, who also goes by a name Kim Sang-duk, is a third American now hold in North Korea.

In 2016, Otto Warmbier, afterwards a 21-year-old tyro from a University of Virginia, was sentenced to 15 years of tough labor in North Korea, for allegedly hidden a domestic ensign from a Pyongyang hotel.

A few months later, Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was sentenced to 10 years for espionage.

“This is standard North Korea during a time when there’s so most tension,” says former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has negotiated prior restrained releases with a North. “They use…these detainees from a United States as negotiate chips. They always wish something in return.”

Since those arrests, a regime has continued a fight of words, threatening Australia with a chief attack — while Vice President Mike Pence was there — for a fondness with a United States.

On Sunday, North Korean state-media took aim during a U.S. with controversial flourish, dogmatic a army “combat-ready to penetrate a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft conduit with a singular strike.”

But Richardson says a detain of another U.S. citizen might indeed prove there is still a “path forward,” as restrained releases negotiated with a Kim regime in a past have “led to during slightest a discourse with North Korea, and that’s a step forward.”

Because a United States has no tactful participation in North Korea, a State Department is operative with a Swedish Embassy on Kim’s case. Kim’s mother was with him when he was arrested though was not detained, and is believed to still be in North Korea.

University officials pronounced in their matter that Kim’s detain is in no approach associated to his work during a school.

A South Korean news group has reported Kim was intent in service and assist work in a North.


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