April 12th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

American detained in North Korea, State Department officials say

An American man has been detained by North Korean authorities, two State Department officials told CNN.

The State Department is working with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongang, the North Korean capital, the officials said. The Swedes have been granted consular access to the man and have visited him, the officials said. The Swedes are asking for regular visits, the officials said.

Sweden represents America's interests in North Korea because the United States and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations.

The sources declined to provide additional information because of privacy concerns.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. really?

    If he was dumb enough to go in NK, then let his stupid ass stay there and rot.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy

    @leeintulsa: Sure. He was Secret Asian Man!

    April 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. respectfully yours.

    Just because you have an uncle whose name happens to be SAM-common sense should dictate ,yankee stay home.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sincerily yours.

    More propaganda in the elements for the hard-line NorthKoreans to play with-consequently they will play this one-out for all its worth.Where there is smoke-there is fire.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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