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North Korea says detains US tourist, three now in custody

Published on Jun 6, 2014 11:03 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea said on Friday it had detained a US tourist for violating the country's laws, bringing the number of Americans held by the secretive state to three.

Pyongyang has detained a number of US citizens in recent years, using them as a tool to extract visits by high-profile figures, including former President Bill Clinton, for propaganda means.

North Korea periodically accuses the United States of military hostility and conspiracy to overthrow its leadership. The two states have been locked in a tense diplomatic conflict over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

The latest American to be held was being questioned by authorities for conduct inappropriate for the purpose of his visit as a tourist, state media reported on Friday.

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