US: N.Korea confirms second American in custody

January 30, 2010 03:24

North Korea notified the US that it has another American in custody for allegedly entering the country illegally, the US State Department announced Friday.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the North Koreans, in a bare-bones message through their representative at UN headquarters in New York, provided no identifying information about the detainee, including the name or gender, or details of the alleged offense.

This is the second case of a detained American in North Korea to surface in the past month, further complicating a relationship that has been badly strained for years over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and periodic test-firing of missiles in defiance of repeated UN Security Council warnings.

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