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North Korea: U.S. Tourist Detained While on Vacation

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | December 20th, 2012 | Trackback

A Korean-American tourist who was visiting the country on a five-day tour has been detained, possibly because he took photographs of some of the thousands of homeless, starving children in the north, hoping to publicize their plight. Details of the case have been impossible to confirm, since the notoriously secretive government refuses to confirm or deny reports. Human rights organizations believe that the 44-year-old man was taken into custody in the northeastern city of Rajin while traveling with five other people. North Korea has one of the worst human rights records of any nation, and U.S. citizens have previously been detained in the authoritarian state.

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