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North Korea detains US citizen for rash behaviour: KCNA

Published on Apr 26, 2014 3:56 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea said Friday it had been holding a 24-year-old US tourist in custody for more than two weeks after he apparently ripped up his visa at immigration and demanded asylum.

The announcement, made in a brief despatch carried by the North's official KCNA news agency, came as US President Barack Obama wrapped up the first part of a two-day visit to South Korea.

The tourist, identified as "Miller Matthew Todd", had been taken into custody April 10 for "his rash behaviour in the course of going through formalities for entry" into North Korea, KCNA said.

The report said he remained in detention and was under investigation.

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