US university student detained for 'hostile act'

North Korea has announced the arrest of a university student from Ohio accused of posing as a tourist to commit a “hostile act” against the reclusive nation, writes Alexandra Zavis for the Los Angeles Times.

The official Korean Central News Agency identified the latest student detainee as Otto Frederick Warmbier, who it claimed entered the country with the intention of “bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation.”

News of the University of Virginia student’s detention came at a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the United States, which has been working with allies in the region to increase international sanctions against the country over the government’s claims to have carried out its fourth nuclear test this month.
Full report on the Los Angeles Times site