North Korea says it has American in custody

Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-25 11:43:34-04

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — North Korea is holding an American man who it claims arrived in the country this month to seek asylum, the nation’s state news agency reported Friday.

State news agency KCNA said North Korea is holding a man by the name of “Miller Matthew Todd,” who it says was taken into custody on April 10.

The man, according to KCNA, entered the country on a tourist visa. He tore his tourist visa and shouted that “he would seek asylum” and “came to the DPRK (North Korea) after choosing it as a shelter,” KCNA said.

The report came on the day that U.S. President Barack Obama visited South Korea — a trip that North Korea’s foreign ministry condemned as being “aimed to escalate confrontation and bring dark clouds of a nuclear arms race.”

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