USA holds back-channel talks with North Korea

Kim Hak Song, who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained on Saturday on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state, North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.

According to Kim Mi-ok, Kim Hak-song had been teaching agricultural techniques at Pyongyang University for Science and Technology and did not engage in any missionary work.

The university's chancellor, Chan-Mo Park, said in a statement that Tony Kim had been involved with some other activities outside PUST such as helping an orphanage. Despite being a USA citizen, Song was apparently committed to improving the lives of North Koreans by refining their agriculture technology, according to CNN.

An official of the U.S. State Department said the detentions underscored "the risk associated with travel to North Korea".

The arrest on Saturday of Kim Hak-song raises the number of USA citizens now held in North Korea to four.

Korean-American Kim Dong Chul is serving 10 years on espionage charges and Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from OH, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2016 for removing a propaganda poster.

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The U.S. policy of trying to isolate and pressure the North Korean regime could face another tough challenge as South Korea looks set to elect a new president, Moon Jae-in, who favors engagement with his northern neighbor.

It noted that during public ceremonial events in Pyongyang marking the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and South Korea's intelligence services had attempted to poison Kim with "biochemical substances".

The tension between totalitarian state North Korea and the United States seem to escalate even further now that the North detained yet another USA citizen.

Tensions between North Korea and its chief adversaries - the US and South Korea - have been rising over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, as well as joint U.S.

Diplomatic tensions escalated amid investigations into the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.

- Won Moon Joo, a South Korean studying at New York University, was freed in October 2015 after being detained for six months for illegal entry.

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Sweden handles USA consular affairs in North Korea, including those of American detainees.

President Donald Trump's comments regarding a "major, major" conflict with North Korea April 28 have triggered a discussion about nuclear war and American's relations with the country.

Rice said the North appears to be trying to show it's powerful.

"Beijing publicly taking foot off gas on pressuring North Korea".

The right agenda, he continued, was "not simply stopping where they are for a few more months or a few more years and then resuming things".

China said Monday that the United States should strengthen contact with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), gradually seek a consensus and build mutual trust. "They benefit enormously from that, and North Korea is not going to upset that applecart".

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