US citizen is being detained in North Korea

By REUTERS
April 13, 2011 00:26

 
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WASHINGTON - A US citizen is being held in North Korea and should be released on humanitarian grounds, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said an official with Sweden's embassy in Pyongyang, which protects US interests in the North Korean capital, had recently visited the detainee but he provided no further information.

"We would call on the government of North Korea to release this citizen on humanitarian grounds and we would ask that they respect and treat this citizen in a manner consistent with international human rights law," Toner told reporters.

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