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    North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    TOKYO — North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist for unspecified violations, marking the latest in a string of legal problems and arrests for those visiting the authoritarian nation.In a two-sentence statement, the North’s state-run news agency said that a U.S. citizen it identified as Jeffrey Edward Fowle had entered the country on April 29 and acted “contrary to the purpose of tourism.”
    “A relevant organ of the DPRK detained him and is investigating him,” the North said, using the initials of the country’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
    North Korea did not elaborate on Fowle’s alleged violations, but his detention raises further concerns about those traveling to the North, even as a part of sanctioned tour groups. In a travel warning updated last month, the U.S. State Department strongly advised against visiting the North and warned about arbitrary arrests, long-term detention and punishment or expulsion for “activities that would not be considered criminal outside North Korea.”
    “Do not assume that joining a group tour or use of a tour guide will prevent your arrest or detention by North Korean authorities,” the State Department said.


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    Another American detained in DPRK for very weird reasons. This time we are not even being told the exact reason. I expect this just to be more attention seeking from the DPRK government. Hopefully this US citizen can be undetained and returned home ASAP.


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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Sorry, absolutely no sympathy for this person being detained. The U.S. puts out specific warnings against such travel for a reason. If this dumb ass wants to ignore that and travel to NK which is KNOWN for this type of behavior, then that is on him.

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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Sorry, absolutely no sympathy for this person being detained. The U.S. puts out specific warnings against such travel for a reason. If this dumb ass wants to ignore that and travel to NK which is KNOWN for this type of behavior, then that is on him.
    Sign me up. Still has always been a dream to visit the hermit kingdom. Always thought it would be incredibly interesting to see firsthand.


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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Sign me up. Still has always been a dream to visit the hermit kingdom. Always thought it would be incredibly interesting to see firsthand.
    That's great, and more power to you. When you get detained though, don't cry for U.S. government help is all I ask.

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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    That's great, and more power to you. When you get detained though, don't cry for U.S. government help is all I ask.
    Very low chance of me getting detained. If I do get detained (if i ever go), I will ask the US gov to help me out since afterall im 100% sure im not a operative.


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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Very low chance of me getting detained. If I do get detained (if i ever go), I will ask the US gov to help me out since afterall im 100% sure im not a operative.
    Ah so despite the warnings of not going by the u.s you will ignore it and then expect them to save your ass for your idiotic mistake.

    Talk about lack of personal responsibility. Here's a better idea, listen to the warnings and don't go.

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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Why is the detention of our citizens overseas always newsworthy? Do foreigners not get arrested in America? Those never seem to be news.
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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Ah so despite the warnings of not going by the u.s you will ignore it and then expect them to save your ass for your idiotic mistake.

    Talk about lack of personal responsibility. Here's a better idea, listen to the warnings and don't go.
    Its not a ban but a warning. So yes, I will still go. I have a buddy working in Kenya, since he works in Kenya should the US not help him if something bad happens to him? Hell there is a warning in Mexico as well...


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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Very low chance of me getting detained. If I do get detained (if i ever go), I will ask the US gov to help me out since afterall im 100% sure im not a operative.
    And we will trade for you in 5 years. I'm thinking a Kit Kat and a half eaten box of Cheerios.
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    Re: North Korea says it is holding American tourist for unspecified violations

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    And we will trade for you in 5 years. I'm thinking a Kit Kat and a half eaten box of Cheerios.
    I dunno man. A box of cheerios could feed a small family, while a socialist poly-Sci major probably couldn't.

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