Kim Hak-song is a United States citizen who is currently being detained by North Korea, who is claiming that he is under suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state.
He is not the only citizen that is currently being held in North Korea, with Kim Sand-duck also being detained. He is the fourth United States citizen in total that was detained.
The United States has seen this tactic before from the sneaky North Korean state. They have detained citizens and used them as pawns.
Kim Hak-song and is a Christian missionary who was working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, which teaches North Korea’s elite. There are several foreign professors who teach at that institution.
It is likely that he was targeted after persistent increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea have become too much for the small dictatorship to handle.
There are no details on the allegations, but the United States as well as the South Koreans government have experts that are skeptical about the countries’ claim.
The detention comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US. Pyongyang has threatened to carry out a new nuclear test – while the US has sent a warship to the region and vowed to stop the North from developing nuclear weapons. On Friday, North Korea accused US and South Korean agents of plotting to kill its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. The US and South Korean governments did not comment on the allegations, but experts were sceptical about the claim. Kim Hak-song’s arrest makes him the fourth US citizen to be held by Pyongyang. The other US detainees are:
Kim Sang-duck, a lecturer who taught at PUST and was detained in April for allegedly attempting to “overturn” the government. South Korean media said he was 55 and had been involved in humanitarian work in the North
Kim Dong-chul, 62, who was sentenced to 10 years’ hard labour for spying last year.
Student Otto Warmbier, 22, who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel