US: N.Korea confirms second American in custody

North Koreanotified the US that it has another American in custody for allegedlyentering the country illegally, the US State Department announced Friday.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the NorthKoreans, in a bare-bones message through their representative at UNheadquarters in New York, provided no identifying information about thedetainee, including the name or gender, or details of the allegedoffense.

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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