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    North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    From the BBC:

    North Korea has detained a 24-year-old US tourist, reportedly for "rash behaviour" at immigration, the state news agency says...

    KCNA said Mr Todd had torn up his tourist visa, shouting that he had "come to the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) after choosing it as a shelter".
    BBC News - North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    From the Department of State's travel warnings:

    The Department of State recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). This replaces the Travel Warning for North Korea of October 1, to update information on the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea.

    Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea, even accidentally, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering North Korea illegally, and two U.S. citizens who entered on valid DPRK visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges. The Department of State has also received reports of DPRK authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country...


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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    A shelter from what?

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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    A shelter from what?
    If, in fact the account of his behavior is accurate, it seems that he has some psychological issues. In any case, I'm not sure if the "shelter" he will be receiving is exactly what he had in mind. It's amazing how many people ignore the State Department's warnings, even as North Korea's detentions have had widespread news coverage.

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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    If, in fact the account of his behavior is accurate, it seems that he has some psychological issues. In any case, I'm not sure if the "shelter" he will be receiving is exactly what he had in mind. It's amazing how many people ignore the State Department's warnings, even as North Korea's detentions have had widespread news coverage.
    I still wonder what the guy was, supposedly was, or thought he was, running from, and why he figured NK was the best place to hide.
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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From the BBC:



    BBC News - North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    From the Department of State's travel warnings:

    The Department of State recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). This replaces the Travel Warning for North Korea of October 1, to update information on the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea.

    Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea, even accidentally, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering North Korea illegally, and two U.S. citizens who entered on valid DPRK visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges. The Department of State has also received reports of DPRK authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country...


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    North Korea has a history of kidnapping people.Anyone who goes to North Korea and get detained deserves it.Its like someone who knowingly runs out the middle of the highway and gets ran over,
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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
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    BBC News - North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    From the Department of State's travel warnings:

    The Department of State recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). This replaces the Travel Warning for North Korea of October 1, to update information on the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea.

    Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea, even accidentally, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering North Korea illegally, and two U.S. citizens who entered on valid DPRK visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges. The Department of State has also received reports of DPRK authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country...


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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Sounds like 'rash behavior' to me.

    After this guy spends about 50 years in a DPRK labor camp he might decide that the USA isn't such a bad place after all.

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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    From the BBC: BBC News - North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration From the Department of State's travel warnings: The Department of State recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). This replaces the Travel Warning for North Korea of October 1, to update information on the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea. Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea, even accidentally, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. Since January 2009, four U.S. citizens have been arrested for entering North Korea illegally, and two U.S. citizens who entered on valid DPRK visas were arrested inside North Korea on other charges. The Department of State has also received reports of DPRK authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens and not allowing them to depart the country... North Korea Travel Warning
    Just out of curiosity, how do y'all, who think this is horrible somehow, think the US would handle a similar situation. Now it might escalate into way more than what we'd do here if someone did the same thing, but at this point.... IF the account is accurate of him tearing up his VISA and seemingly wanting asylum, I think we'd detain him for a while as well til we figured out what the heck was going on.
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    Re: North Korea 'detains US tourist' at immigration

    We're allowing people to travel to NK why, again?

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