The North Korea reported over the weekend that the country has the right to “ punish” American citizens it has detained for allleged crimes against the government.
According to North Korea’s KCNA news agency, the government had declared the crimes the Americans had been accused of would soon be announced.
Reuters said,four number of US citizens it is holding in N.korea.
The detained US citizen Professor Kim Hak Song who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, said he had been held on suspicion of “hostile acts”.
According to US spokesman for US State Department,“The security of US citizens is one of the department’s highest priorities, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang.” he said.
NBC News report that, “Kim Jong Un is using hostage diplomacy as a part of his military and defence strategy with focus on preventing the US from removing him from power as well as to prevent the US from taking military options against North Korea,” An Chan Il, president of the World Institute for North Korea Studies and a former defector.
professor Koh Yu Hwan at Dongguk University in Seoul, said that taking hostages remained a valuable activity.
The reported detention comes as tensions on the Korean peninsula run high. Both sides have been engaging in sabre-rattling and White house has said it is determined to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.