North Korea detains another U.S. tourist

June 6, 2014

North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. citizens known to be held there to three. (Yonhap)

(Yonhap)– North Korea has arrested a U.S. tourist for violating visa-related regulations, its state media said Friday.

“American citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the DPRK as a tourist on April 29 and acted in violation of the DPRK law, contrary to the purpose of tourism during his stay,” said the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) in a short dispatch.

“A relevant organ of the DPRK detained him and is investigating him.”

The DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.

The KCNA report did not elaborate further on Fowle’s personal information and alleged violations, but according to Japanese news agency Kyodo,  an American was detained in mid-May as he was about to leave the country, for leaving a Bible in his hotel room.

Fowle is believed to be the third U.S. citizen currently being detained by the North.