North Korea arrests American student for 'hostile act'

Student entered country on tourist visa


An American student from a university in Virginia has been arrested in North Korea, according to state media.

The student, who reportedly entered North Korea on a tourist visit, is accused of carrying out a hostile act against the DPRK, KCNA said, referring to the acronym for the Democratic People' Republic of North Korea.

"The student entered the North Korea for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the U.S. government," the report said.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul says it's aware of the reports of the student's arrest.

CNN is working to confirm the student's identity.

On a recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korean officials allowed CNN to interview another American prisoner.

The man identified himself as Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized American, who said he used to live in Fairfax, Virginia.

"I'm asking the U.S. or South Korean government to rescue me," Kim said during an interview at a hotel in the North Korean capital.

Kim, 62, said he was arrested in October 2015 while he was meeting a source to obtain a USB stick and camera used to gather military secrets.