Korea claims plot shows US state-sponsored terrorism

The Donald Trump administration reportedly told Pyongyang through Beijing that it would "provide security guarantee" for the Kim Jong-un regime and invite the North Korean leader to the USA for direct talks if Pyongyang scraps its missile and nuclear weapons program, according to the Japan Times Tuesday.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it", KCNA said.

The State Department has issued a sharp warning to Americans against travel to North Korea after the arrest of a fourth USA citizen, cautioning against the "serious risk" of lengthy detention and "unduly harsh sentences".

The next day, North Korea's state news agency announced security services had detained Kim's husband, Kim Hak-song, "on suspicion of hostile acts against the state".

"Make a change so the North Korea people can be free", Song, who now lives in South Korea and creates artwork that mocks Kim, told the Mail.

He is the second U.S. professor working at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology to be detained in recent months, taking the total number of USA citizens detained by the state to four.

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In a statement, the U.S. State Department said it knows about the latest detention.

Analysts say North Korea often attempts to use foreign detainees to wrest outside concessions, which in the past have sometimes involved high-profile American missions sent to secure the release of detainees.

"It's my understanding that dialogue between North Korean government officials and USA civilian experts opened today (Monday) in a suburb of Oslo and will continue through tomorrow", a source here said.

A third US 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.

Kim worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Stressing that developing their relationship would benefit people in both nations, Kim said he wished Macron "success in his responsible work for the development and prosperity of France".

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In a vague text message to journalists Tuesday, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the report from the Japan Times was "known to either be a matter that the USA could not confirm, or not true". However, any offensive action by the North needs to be retaliated against, which would probably cause Kim to unleash his nuclear arsenal.

This is not the first time North Korea detains Americans.

And although President Trump tweeted during the campaign that similar detentions would not happen during his presidency, Kim Hak Song is the second American to be detained in North Korea during his time in office.

The communist country vowed to undertake "counter-terrorism measures of justice" against the two countries after their intelligence agencies allegedly tried to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un.

Park declined to comment further.

Kim's detention comes as tensions between the two countries increase over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. USA tourist Otto Warmbier is serving 15 years imprisonment with hard labor over the theft of a political propaganda poster in January 2016 and Kim Dong Chul, a Korean-American businessman, is serving 10 years on espionage charges.

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