North Korea recently detained a U.S citizen, marking at least the third American being held there, officials said Sunday.
The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained. SInce the U.S. doesn't have diplomatic relations with North Korea, the Swedish Embassy looks after diplomatic affairs for the U.S. there.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported an American man in his 50s, identified only by the last name "Kim," was arrested Friday at Pyongyang's international airport.
The man was involved in aid and relief programs in North Korea and formerly taught at China's Yanbian University of Science and Technology, Yonhap News Agency reports.
South Korea's Unification Ministry and intelligence agency were unable to confirm the reports. However, North Korea is currently detaining at least two other Americans: Otto Warmbier, facing 15 years of hard labor after confessing to trying to steal a propaganda banner, and Kim Dong Chui, facing 10 years after confessing to espionage. However, North Korea is known to force public confessions.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been heating up in recent weeks as North Korea continues to ramp up missile tests. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said recently the situation is "coming to a head."
I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2017
President Trump has threatened the U.S. will deal with North Korea if China doesn't.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.