Authorities in North Korea have arrested a Korean-born U.S. citizen in the northeastern part of the country, the official KCNA news agency said Friday.
"U.S. citizen Bae Jun-ho, who arrived Nov. 3 in the city of Rajin on a trip, committed a crime against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," KCNA said, without offering any details of the alleged offense.
Bae was taken into custody and subsequently "admitted his crime," the government news agency said.
Diplomats from the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which represents U.S. interests in the reclusive Communist-ruled country, visited Bae on Friday, according to the KCNA report.
News of Bae's detention comes 19 months after North Korea freed another U.S. citizen, Jun Young-su, who spent about six months in custody on accusations of missionary activity.
In 2010, the intervention of former President Jimmy Carter secured the release of U.S. citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who had been sentenced to prison for illegally entering North Korea.
Two U.S. journalists facing jail time for the same offense were released in August 2009 during a visit to Pyongyang by former President Bill Clinton. EFE