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North Korea Detention of Fourth US Citizen 'Concerning' - White House

© AP Photo / Evan VucciWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing in the briefing room of the White House in Washington
White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing in the briefing room of the White House in Washington - Sputnik International
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The detention of a fourth US citizen by North Korea over the weekend has drawn concern from the United States, which will work through the Swedish embassy to seek release of the detainees, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Sunday, media reported that a fourth US citizen was detained a day earlier by Pyongyang on suspicion of hostile acts.

"Obviously this is concerning, we’re well aware of it and we’re going to work through the embassy of Sweden, that has an embassy in North Korea, through our State Department to seek release of the individuals there," Spicer stated.

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North Korea Detains One More US Citizen Suspected of 'Hostile Acts'
On Sunday, media reported that a fourth US citizen was detained a day earlier by Pyongyang on suspicion of hostile acts.

The detainee, the report added, was identified as Kim Hak-song, who was a US professor working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Hak-song is the second US professor at the university to have been detained.

On April 21, former US-Korean professor Kim Sang-duk was arrested by at the Pyongyang International Airport after spending nearly a month in North Korea working on humanitarian activities.

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