American Journalist Detained in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's military has detained an
American journalist near the country's northern border with China,
reports said Thursday.

The female reporter was detained in the region along the Yalu
River dividing China and North Korea, the Munwha Ilbo newspaper
said in Seoul.

The report cited unnamed diplomatic sources in Seoul as saying
North Korean soldiers took her into custody on Tuesday while she
was trying to report from the Yalu River.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the South Korean Foreign Ministry
said they have no information about the reported incident.

The paper identified her as a reporter named "Ming" working
for a U.S. television station. The South Korean network YTN
identified her as a Korean-American working for online media.

The Chinese city of Dandong lies across the river from the North
Korean town of Sinuiju, and the river is a key transit route for
trade between the two, as well as a frequent crossing point for
North Korean defectors.


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