North Korea says it has detained a University of Virginia student for committing a “hostile act” and wanting to “destroy the country’s unity,” Reuters reports.
Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based tour group that organized the trip the student was on, confirmed to Reuters that Otto F. Warmbier had been detained in Pyongyang’s airport before a flight back to China on January 2.
This isn’t the first time North Korea has detained a student from an American university. Last year a South Korean student at New York University was arrested and charged with entering the country illegally.
A UVa spokesman told the Associated Press that the university had been in touch with Mr. Warmbier’s family.Return to Top