U.S. adds sanctions on North Korea

As tensions flare between the United States and North Korea, the number of American citizens detained by the authoritarian government has also risen.

Kim Hak Song, who was detained on Saturday, worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, theNorth's KCNA news agency said.

A spokesperson for North Korea's Ministry of State Security said that his country recently uncovered a "hideous terrorist group" that the National Intelligence Service of South Korea, alongside the CIA, had dispatched to the North to kill President Kim.

Four US citizens are now being held in North Korea, a country with which the US has no diplomatic relations and has technically remained at war with since the 1950-53 Korean conflict.

"Gardner has been one of the most ardent voices in Congress in pressing the Kim regime in North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear programs, as well as its alleged human rights violations".

It was the second time within one month that North Korea has arrested American citizens for allegedly carrying out hostile activities against Pyongyang.

A decision to close off the Yalu River Railway Bridge would come amid a general tightening of the border between the two neighboring countries and serve as the latest indication that China is ratcheting up pressure on the North in light of several ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang in the a year ago.

Citing unidentified diplomatic sources, the Japanese newspaper wrote that in return for North Korea foreswearing its nuclear and missile technologies, the US promised it "would not seek regime change, regime collapse or an accelerated reunification of the Korean Peninsula, nor would it look for an excuse to advance north of the 38th parallel, the de facto inter-Korean border".

It is not known whether the latest two arrests of United States citizens were connected with the case.

According to the spokesperson, South Korea then infiltrated the "human scum" into North Korea, with instructions previous year on how to assassinate Mr. Kim.

" Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained April 22 at the Pyongyang airport".

PUST declined to comment on the reasons for Kim's detention, saying only that they were unrelated to the university in a statement on Monday.

Stressing that developing their relationship would benefit people in both nations, Kim said he wished Macron "success in his responsible work for the development and prosperity of France".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un became the chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea at a rare party congress held in May a year ago. "I'm going to continue to call on the president to fully enforce my legislation that will economically cripple the North Korean Regime, and if that gets this madman to send nonsensical insults at me so be it".

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