UVA student detained in North Korea

wlni-defaultThe latest on the detention of an American student in North Korea (all times local): 6:40 p.m.  State-run North Korean television has broadcast a statement about the detention of an American student in Pyongyang.  A KRT news reader said in a Friday broadcast that “according to information available from a relevant institution, Warmbier Otto Frederick, student of  Virginia University of the U.S., was arrested while perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK after entering it under the guise of tourist for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity with the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation. He is now under investigation.” It was identical to an earlier dispatch from the North’s official Korean Central News Agency announcing the arrest. North Korea has sometimes listed English-language surnames first, in the Korean style. The University of Virginia’s online student directory lists someone named Otto Frederick Warmbier as an undergraduate commerce student.

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