Naturalised American says detained in North Korea for spying: CNN

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A man who claims to be a naturalised American citizen said he was being detained in North Korea for spying and asked the South Korean or US government to rescue him, CNN reported on Monday (Jan 11).

Mr Kim Dong Chul, who CNN said was 60, said he had spied on behalf of "South Korean conservative elements" and was arrested in October.

"I was tasked with taking photos of military secrets and scandalous scenes," Mr Kim told CNN in the interview.

CNN said officials in North Korea had said Mr Kim was a US citizen arrested on espionage charges.