North Korea announced that it detained a man named Jeffery Edward Fowle, who is being investigated for carrying out acts it deems as "inappropriate for a tourist."
Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported the arrest on Friday, adding that he had entered North Korea earlier on April 29th.
Japanese news agency Kyodo, citing diplomatic sources, reported that he was arrested about two weeks after his arrival, for leaving a Bible at a hotel that he was staying at.
The U.S. state department has yet to confirm the report,.. but IF confirmed,.. it means there is now a total of three Americans held in custody by the regime.
The two others include another U.S. tourist, Matthew Todd Miller, who was arrested back in April.
North Korea claims Miller demanded asylum in the communist state.
The other is Kenneth Bae, who has been jailed since November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor under charges of trying to overthrow the government.
Pyongyang has rejected visits by U.S. special envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King, to discuss Bae's case.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.