North Korea said Friday that it had detained an American citizen who had committed an unspecified crime but gave few details.
State media appeared to confirm reports that emerged in recent weeks that U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae was being held, identifying the detainee by the Korean name Pae Jun Ho.
The Korean Central News Agency said the American citizen had “admitted his crime,” which was “proven through evidence,” but gave no details about the accusations against him. It reported that he had gone to a northeastern city in early November while on a tour.
Bae reportedly operated a tour company that took visitors to North Korea. Because the U.S. has no embassy or consulate in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, the Swedish Embassy acts as the protecting power for American citizens. North Korean state media said officials from the Swedish mission visited the American detainee Friday.