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North Korea Confirms It Detained U.S. Citizen Last Month

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Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea confirmed it detained an American citizen after he entered the country last month to lead a tour.

The man, identified as Pae Jun Ho, has confessed to committing a crime against North Korea after entering the country on Nov. 3, KCNA reported. The crime wasn’t specified. The man was visited today by officials from the Swedish embassy, which looks after interests of the U.S. in the nation, according to KCNA.

CNN reported on Dec. 11 that the American, identified as Kenneth Bae, was involved with a Protestant religious movement.

North Korea drew condemnation from the UN Security Council after launching a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit on Dec. 11. The reclusive state marked the one-year anniversary of Kim Jong-Il’s death earlier this week.

Two American journalists were detained after crossing the border between China and North Korea in March 2009 and held for illegal entry. Euna Lee and Laura Ling were released in August after former President Bill Clinton visited Pyongyang to press for a pardon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Fowler in Tokyo at bfowler4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brian Fowler at bfowler4@bloomberg.net

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