An American tourist is being held in North Korea reportedly for leaving a Bible in a hotel room as he was leaving the country, according to news reports in North and South Korea.
He was identified in Korean without providing the English spelling, but it translates to Jeffrey Edward Fowle.
“The U.S. citizen, who entered the DPRK (North Korea) on April 29 as a tourist, engaged in activities that were in breach of DPRK’s laws,” the country’s official Korean Central News Agency said today.
South Korea’s Yonhap News quoting sources in North Korea said he had left a Bible in the hotel upon departure.
He is the third American currently held in North Korea.
In April, North Korea said it had detained a 24-year-old American for improper behavior while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist. He was identified as Miller Matthew Todd, possibly putting his surname first. It said he entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum. The brief report said he chose North Korea “as a shelter.”
SOURCE: JOOHEE CHO