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Family of American Held in North Korea Speaks Out

The family of an American held by North Korea is going public with its appeal for help. Tony Kim was detained at the Pyongyang Airport on April 22, 2017, as he was leaving the country. He was in North Korea teaching accounting at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. In a YouTube video, Kim's eldest son, Sol, wondered whether the Winter Olympics in South Korea provided "an opportunity for the U.S. government to press harder for the release" of his father and two other Americans held by North Korea. He held up a placard with the hashtag #USA3 to raise awareness on social media. The 59-year old Tony Kim, also known as Sang-duk Kim, had been repeatedly invited to teach at the North Korean university, and traveled several other times to help flood victims, according to his family. They say they do not know why he is being held, and...

 

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