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NKorea says it has detained an American tourist

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea >> The tour company an American man was traveling with when he was detained in North Korea says it is working to resolve the situation.

In a statement issued Friday, New Jersey-based Uri Tours said it has "been working closely and continuously with all relevant government and diplomatic entities to resolve this matter in a speedy and favorable manner."

North Korea detained the 24-year-old American man for improper behavior while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist, North Korean state media reported Saturday.

The official Korean Central News Agency identified the man as Miller Matthew Todd -- possibly putting his surname first --and said he entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.

Uri Tours identified the man as Matthew Miller.

The news agency said Todd was detained for "gross violation" of North Korea's legal order and is being investigated.

The announcement Friday came as President Barack Obama was visiting rival South Korea. Obama warned North Korea that it would face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats to conduct a fourth nuclear test.

North Korea has been holding a Korean-American missionary, Kenneth Bae, since 2012.

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primowarrior wrote:
The North Koreans should detain themselves for "improper behavior."
on April 25,2014 | 08:09AM
myviewofthings wrote:
keep him. anyone that ventures close or to north korea and gets detained should stay there.
on April 25,2014 | 08:16AM
localguy wrote:
Maybe we can get North Korea to hold a Justin Bieber concert, and just keep him. The Bieb would look great with the "Dear Leader's" haircut.
on April 25,2014 | 09:04AM
myviewofthings wrote:
hahahah......we should send all the low lifes to north korea and empty our prisons
on April 25,2014 | 09:47AM
cojef wrote:
Check with our AG Holder who is ready to release a host drug convicts.
on April 25,2014 | 02:01PM
MexMe wrote:
Well, that's one less idiot in the US and one more idiot in North Korean. It's the circle of life.
on April 25,2014 | 08:24AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Good. Now's our chance to wipe them out.
on April 25,2014 | 10:12AM
scooters wrote:
why would anyone what to visit that $hit hole of a country. keep the 8astard..
on April 25,2014 | 12:13PM
serious wrote:
I am sure the State Department has North Korea off limits for US tourists. Just like they had in that southern Mexican resort off limits when the President's daughter and her class visited--but in their case, when you put in $10,000,000 of security--hey you get respect--it's only taxpayer money!!
on April 25,2014 | 12:23PM
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