List of foreign nationals detained in North Korea

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This is a list of foreign nationals who have been detained in North Korea. Excluded from the list are any persons who were detained while on active military duty and held as prisoners of war or military defectors. Also excluded are people abducted in other countries and brought into North Korea.

List of detained Australians[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Reason for detention Ref.
John Short 16 February 2014 3 March 2014 15 Unauthorized religious activity [1]

List of detained Canadians[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Reason for detention Ref.
Hyeon Soo Lim February 2015 9 August 2017 ~920 "Harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system" [2]

List of detained US citizens[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Reason for detention Ref.
Evan Hunziker 24 August 1996 27 November 1996 95 Illegally entering North Korea [3]
Euna Lee 17 March 2009 4 August 2009 140 Illegally entering North Korea (see 2009 imprisonment of American journalists by North Korea) [4]
Laura Ling [4]
Robert Park 25 December 2009 6 February 2010 43 Illegally entering North Korea [5]
Aijalon Gomes 25 January 2010 26 August 2010 213 Illegally entering North Korea [6]
Eddie Yong Su Jun November 2010 28 May 2011 ~208 "Committing a crime" against North Korea[7] [8]
Kenneth Bae 3 November 2012 8 November 2014 735 Unauthorized religious activity [9][10]
Merrill Newman 26 October 2013 7 December 2013 42 Issues related to his service in the Korean War [11]
Matthew Miller 10 April 2014 8 November 2014 212 Acts hostile to the DPRK while entering under the guise of a tourist.[12] He had travelled to North Korea intending to get arrested.[13] [14][10]
Jeffrey Fowle 4 May 2014 21 October 2014 170 Acting "contrary to the purpose of tourism" by leaving a Bible at a nightclub [15][16]
Arturo Pierre Martinez 10 November 2014 11 April 2016 518 Illegally entering North Korea [17]
Sandra Suh 8 April 2015 8 April 2015 0 Deported for "covertly producing photos and videos to use in the anti-DPRK smear campaign" [18]

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Kim Dong Chul October 2015 9 May 2018 952 Espionage [20]

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Otto Warmbier 2 January 2016 13 June 2017[Note 1] 529 Committing "hostile acts" against the DPRK by allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. [23]
Kim Sang-duk (Tony Kim) 21 April 2017 9 May 2018 384 Committing "hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country" [24][25][21][26]
Kim Hak-song 7 May 2017 9 May 2018 368 Committing "hostile acts" against the state [27][28]

List of detained South Korean citizens[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Reason for detention Ref.
Kim Jung Wook (alternative spelling: Kim Jong Uk)[29] October 2013 In detention 1746 Unknown, possibly connected with Christian missionary work. Alleged activities as a "south Korean National Intelligence Service agent". [30]
Joo Won Moon 22 April 2015 5 October 2015 166 Illegally entering North Korea via China [31]
Kim Kook Kie June 2015 In detention 1138 Committing "anti-DPRK espionage activities under the manipulation of the U.S. and puppet south Korea" [30]
Choi Chun Kil June 2015 In detention 1138 Committing "anti-DPRK espionage activities under the manipulation of the U.S. and puppet south Korea" [30]
Ko Hyon Chol July 2016 In detention 742 Alleged kidnapping of orphans [30]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Warmbier died six days after being released.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "North Korea releases imprisoned Canadian pastor, state media says". CBC News. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
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  17. ^ "Exclusive: American 'defector' home safely from North Korea: Martinez returned home discreetly last year, in contrast to public appearance in late 2014". NK News. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
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  29. ^ Press, Associated (31 May 2014). "South Korean missionary sentenced to life of hard labour by North Korea". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
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