N. Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

A third USA citizen, Kim Sang Dok, who was associated with the same school, was detained in late April for hostile acts, according to the North's official media.

The regime's official news agency said Sunday that he was being held for "hostile acts against the country", although details about the alleged acts were not provided by North Korean authorities.

He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the same workplace as another American, accounting instructor Kim Sang Dok, whose detention was announced last Wednesday.

In an interview with "CBS This Morning", Rice was asked what she thinks North Korea is trying to accomplish by detaining another US citizen over the weekend.

"A relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes", the Korean Central News Agency said about Kim Hak Song.

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Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, or PUST, is run by evangelical Christians, and due to exposure to foreign faculty members, pupils are heavily vetted for something Madden calls "political reliability" before they are admitted. "We are well-aware of it, and we are going to work through the embassy of Sweden ... through our State Department to seek the release of the individuals there".

Beijing is considering shutting down a bridge across the Yalu (also known as Aprok) river that accommodates more than half of North Korea's trade volume with China, according to sources, who say the move could come as early as this month and is seen as a response to Pyongyang's belligerence over its nuclear weapons program.

Kim's arrest makes him the fourth US citizen to be detained by North Korea and the second PUST-affiliated American to be detained in recent weeks.

"The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by US citizens to North Korea", the official added.

The killing of Kim Jong-Nam - the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un - in February sparked a diplomatic row which saw both countries banning each other's citizens from leaving and withdrawing their ambassadors.

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According to the spokesperson, South Korea then infiltrated the "human scum" into North Korea, with instructions previous year on how to assassinate Mr. Kim.

Kim Hak Song was stopped Saturday as he tried to board a flight at Pyongyang airport for what was described as a break expected to last a few weeks.

- In 2009, North Korea detained two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, for illegally crossing the border.

In January past year, North Korea also arrested Otto Warmbier, a US college student who had traveled to the country as a tourist. He had apparently been committed to improving North Korea's agricultural economy.

And Kim Dong Chul is serving 10 years of hard labor after being jailed on subversion charges.

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A U.S. State Department official who spoke anonymously to Yonhap said the meeting is not in any way affiliated with the Trump administration. "Will Kim increase his internal purges of North Korean elites?"

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