The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

N. Korea confirms arrest of US citizen


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea confirmed on Friday that it had arrested a United States (US) citizen in November, saying he had admitted to unspecified charges and suggesting he would be formally prosecuted.

The man, identified as Pae Jun Ho, entered the North on Nov 3 as a tourist, and "committed a crime" against the country, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"He was put into custody by a relevant institution," it added.

The United States has no diplomatic ties with North Korea and KCNA said consular officials from the Swedish embassy, which acts on behalf of the US, had visited Pae on Friday.