North Korea vows to ‘ruthlessly punish’ detained US citizens
North Korea says it has the right to “ruthlessly punish” US citizens who have been detained for crimes against its government.
The Hermit Kingdom announced Thursday that it would be exercising that right after revealing earlier this week it had taken a fourth American into custody.
“Recent Americans detained are being interrogated by relevant legal authorities for criminal acts against the Republic,” the North’s KCNA news agency said.
“It is an exercise of the legitimate right of a sovereign state to deal with the criminals according to its law,” they explained. “DPRK will detect and frustrate every anti-DPRK plot of the dishonest hostile elements and ruthlessly punish the criminals and thus reliably defend its state and social system.”
Kim Hak Song — a Korean-American who taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology — was arrested by the North Koreans last Saturday for “hostile acts”
Officials in the communist country have not elaborated, though, on exactly what he did.