U.S. reiterates N. Korea travel warning after third American detainedUpdated: 2014-06-07 14:16:11 KST
The U.S. government has reiterated its warning against travel to North Korea after an American tourist became the third U.S. citizen to be detained in the North.
In a briefing Friday, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said U.S. officials were aware of and are investigating this latest detainment.
North Korea's state-run TV channel on Friday identified the latest detainee as 56-year-old Jeffrey Edward Fowle.
It said he arrived in North Korea at the end of April and authorities were questioning him for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit, but did not give any further details.
U.S. officials refuse to comment on reports that say Mr. Fowle was held after leaving a Bible in his hotel room.
The State Department has a strong warning out to discourage American tourists from visiting North Korea.
It also says being part of a tour group will not prevent a possible arrest.
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Maybe Mr. Fowle left his Bible by accident. The D.P.R.K. should distribute Bibles to the people. Juche (주 체) with Jesus.