North Korea Detains U.S. Citizens

North Korea Detains U.S. Citizens

New statements out of North Korea show that an American citizen may have been attempting to overthrow the government from within the country. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports that Kim Sang Dok, known by his American name, Tony, was a teacher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
Though it isn’t known at this time exactly how a U.S. Citizen managed to get into the country and attend school in North Korea, it is known that the man was heavily involved in aid and humanitarian work throughout North Korea.
The professor, aged 50, is thought to have systematically worked to access and overthrow the government from within the country on at least two other occasions.
Dok isn’t the first American to be held under suspicion over claims of traitorship in the last year; he’s the third. Otto Warmbier and Kim Dong-chul, the first a student and the second a Korean-American businessman, were both arrested on political charges.
Warmbier was arrested after stealing a political poster from the hotel he was staying at (a crime not only for the theft, but for the removal of political iconography). Dong-chul was jailed and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for the North Korean government after being arrested for spying on behalf of the South Korean government.
Oddly, Dong-chul admitted to the crime on live television. Whether or not the confession was sincere is a matter of question with a significant amount of conspiracy theories. Many people claim that he hadn’t committed any crime at all –––- instead asserting that he was a scapegoat and false flag created by the North Korean government. Others believe that Dong-chul confessed only under duress out of fear for the repercussions of slave labor under the North Korean government.
The most recent detainment of Kim Sang Dok represents a tightening of North Korea’s borders. As the American government continues to assert that they are ready and willing to take military action against North Korea, it becomes riskier and riskier for the country to continue their budding nuclear program unchecked.