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U. of Virginia Student Is Arrested in North Korea for ‘Hostile Act’

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.

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