(NBC) — North Korea has arrested an American college student over an alleged “hostile” act, state media reported Friday.
Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency said that authorities detained a Virginia University student, who it identified as Otto Frederick Warmbier.
The State Department was not immediately available to comment on the report.
KCNA said the student was under investigation for “perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK after entering it under the guise of tourist for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation.”
In October, North Korea released a New York University student holding a U.S. green card six months after capturing him crossing into the country from China.
Joo Won-moon, 21, a South Korean national, was freed days before Pyongyang celebrated the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
Korean-American missionary, Kenneth Bae, was freed in 2014 after serving two years of a hard labor sentence.
However, in December it reportedly sentenced a South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labor for life for subversion. Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, had been held in North Korea since February.
The United States and North Korea are still officially at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.