Australian student feared detained in North Korea
AUSTRALIA on Thursday said it was “urgently seeking clarification” on the fate of a citizen feared detained in North Korea. The department of foreign affairs said it was in contact with the family of a man “who has been reported as being detained in North Korea”. Korean-language media named him as Alek Sigley, one of only a handful of Western students at Kim Il Sung University, where he studies Korean literature. He also runs a company specialising in tours of North Korea and has written articles about Pyongyang’s dining scene and other issues for NK News and other outlets. His last social media posts came three days ago. “The Department is urgently seeking clarification,” a statement from Canberra read. “Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.” Australia has no diplomatic mission of its own in Pyongyang and is represented in North Korea by the Swedish embassy. Canberra advises against non-essential travel to North Korea — where several foreigners have been detained in the past. Consular advice recommends Australians “stay as short a time as possible, eliminate unnecessary activities, and review your security arrangements”. SEE ALSO: Parents of US student Otto Warmbier sue North Korea In 2016, Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was imprisoned during a tour of the authoritarian state after being accused of taking down a propaganda poster. Doctors said he suffered severe brain damage while in detention, fell into a coma and died days after arriving back in the United States in June 2017. He was 22. In a post in January this year, Sigley describes a strong interest in east Asia and “socialism” and recounts his first trip to North Korea in 2012. The son of an anglo-Australian man and Chinese mother, he previously studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Australian student feared detained in North Korea, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 26 June
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