In the latest provocation by hermit kingdom North Korea, a South Korean who lives in New Jersey was arrested last week for crossing into North Korea illegally, the North Korean Central News Agency reported on Saturday.
Joo Won-moon, 21, is a U.S. permanent resident and student living in Tenafly, New Jersey, according to the report.
Joo is a student at New York University.
The man allegedly crossed illegally into North Korea from China, via the Yalu River.
He was arrested on April 22nd and “admitted that his illegal entry was a serious violation” of North Korean law, according to state news agency.
The South Korean Unification Ministry said that evidence pointed to Joo being detained in North Korea but that it was “working to fact-check details of the detainment.”
“Currently, we cannot announce any more details in consideration of the safety of Joo and his family,” the ministry said in a statement Sunday.