World War 3: North Korea tells US it has the right to ‘ruthlessly punish’ US detainees | World | News

Last weekend Kim Hak Song, a Korean-American who taught at the Pyongyang University for Science and Technology, became the fourth US citizen to be detained by the hermit state after he was arrested for unspecified hostile acts.

Kim Jong-un’s state-run KCNA news agency also accused the US of “ignorance” after Washington said that arrests were being used as bargaining chips.

KCNA reported: “Recent Americans detained are being interrogated by relevant legal authorities for criminal acts against the Republic.”

The news agency went on to say “it is an exercise of the legitimate right of a sovereign state to deal with the criminals according to its law”.

Recent reports have also claimed North Korean authorities would punish criminals so the hermit state could “reliably defend its state and social system”.

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KCNA announced the crimes committed by detainees would be disclosed soon

Three other US citizens are currently detained in North Korea.

Student Otto Warmer was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour last year for attempting to take a piece of North Korean propaganda home with him.

Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor, was arrested in April after teaching accounting for a month at Pyongyang University.

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KCNA said North Korea has the right to detain US nationals in its country

Businessman Kim Dong Chul was also given a 10-year prison sentence for espionage in 2015.

While they refused to comment specifically on the detainees over “privacy considerations”, US State Department officials said: “US citizens in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement.

“The US Government has no diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea; we have no means to provide normal…

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