North Korea Claims to have Detained American at Chinese Border
North Korea said Thursday it detained an American man who it said crossed its border with China earlier this week, becoming the second American in a month to allegedly enter the country illegally.
North Korea, in a report in its state media, didn't identify the person nor say where the crossing occurred but said it happened on Monday.
"An American was detained for trespassing on the border of the DPRK (North Korea) with China on January 25," the agency said in a one-sentence report. "He is now under investigation by an organ concerned."
In Washington, a US State Department spokesman said he had no knowledge of the case. South Korea's foreign ministry also said it knew nothing.
It was unclear if the reported detention had any connection with US missionary Robert Park, who was arrested on December 25.