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American detained in North Korea tore his visa: tour company

Published on Apr 28, 2014 6:30 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A 24-year-old American man detained in North Korea had arranged a private tour of the country through a US travel company and gave no indication he might try to seek asylum upon arriving in Pyongyang, the company's director said on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Mr Matthew Todd Miller was taken into custody by North Korean officials after entering the country on April 10, ripping up his tourist visa and demanding asylum, according to North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency.

Mr Miller's travel to North Korea was arranged by New Jersey-based Uri Tours, which specialises in guided trips through the isolated Communist country, and he gave no indication he might be seeking asylum.

"Nothing in his tour application raised concerns prior to his departure," Mr John Dantzler-Wolfe, the director of Uri Tours, told Reuters in an e-mail.

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