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    Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, bows during a new conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016

    US Student Arrested in North Korea Confesses to Stealing Political Slogan

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    US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who has been arrested by North Korean authorities, confessed to trying to steal a political banner, an action that was classified by Pyongyang as a "hostile act" against the government, media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained in North Korea on January 2. Local media reported that he was detained for commitment of some "hostile act," however they had not revealed any details.

    According to a video obtained by CNN, Warmbier held a press conference and confessed that he tried to take down a political slogan from the staff holding area of the Yanggakdo International Hotel where he was staying.

    The broadcaster added that Warmbier begged pardon for the "worst mistake" in his life and said he was "manipulated" by the US government.

    North Korea has a long history of detaining foreigners.

    In 2009, North Korea arrested two US reporters, who made a film about the refugees from North Korea. The reporters were sentenced to 12 years in work camps, on a charge of illegal border crossing and filming. Later in the year they were released due to the efforts of the US authorities.

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