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. Dim Mak

    Stay out of NK duh...

    April 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JAZZ

    Double DUH....

    April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sutler

    Apparently he missed the memo...

    April 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zinbear


    April 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. American Idiot

    Another thing for Jimmy Carter to do before he dies.

    April 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JAZZ

    AME IDOIT, Your killing me today. LMAO

    April 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    What was the idiot doing in NK? Now the US will spend tax payers money to send someone to beg for his release.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    When in Rome, stay out on North Korea.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      LOL Banasy! I love it!

      April 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    @Observer: Doubtful, as we don't have diplomatic relations there. Which is why the Swiss are intervening.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • The yak

      You mean the swedes?

      April 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      I think Observer is referring to previous trips by Clinton and Carter. In any case, it's a slippery slope. NK knows they'll get paid and get a photo op every time they detain a US citizen.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aezel

    Honestly I'm sick of this crap. If Americans are dumb enough to go to NK when it is CLEARLY obvious how dangerous it is, let em rot over there.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Coming from one of the best, that's high praise, Sutler!

    April 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YesWeDoCare

    Yeah, who is insane enough to go to NK? I didn't even think one could get into NK, especially if you are a American. What, did this guy hope to get invited to dine with Kim Jong and watch some of his vast collection of American movies, eating popcorn together?

    April 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @YesWeDoCare: I know, right? Sometimes, ya just can't fix stupid.

    April 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boog

    Going to NK would be like going to nebraska. .why?

    April 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    Maybe he's one them double naught spies...

    April 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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