North Korea has detained a 24-year-old American man for improper behaviour while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist, state media reported.
The official Korean Central News Agency identified the man as Miller Matthew Todd – possibly putting his surname first –and said he entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.
It said he was detained for “gross violation” of North Korea’s legal order and was being investigated.
In Washington, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the US was aware of the report. She said the department was in touch with the Swedish Embassy which handles consular cases for the US because Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.