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US confirms that third American detained in N. Korea

Published on Jun 7, 2014 1:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Friday confirmed that North Korea has detained a third American and called on the communist state to release the trio.

"We are aware that a US citizen has been detained by North Korea," State Department spokesman Marie Harf told reporters, adding: "We continue to actively seek the release of all three."

Ms Harf said that she could not confirm the detainee's name due to privacy considerations.

The official Korean Central News Agency identified him as Jeffrey Edwards Fowle.

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