March 15th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Swedish diplomats allowed to meet with detained American

North Korea has granted Swedish diplomats a meeting with an American detained in the country, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Monday.

North Korea granted the Swedish Embassy consular access to the detainee on Sunday, spokesman P.J. Crowley said. He did not disclose the name of the American or offer any other details. It was not immediately clear from his wording if the meeting had taken place.

Sweden represents U.S. interests in North Korea because Washington and Pyongyang have no diplomatic relations.

An American was detained January 25 for trespassing into North Korea from China, state-run Korea Central News Agency reported in January.

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