As he was readying to leave Pyongyang in May 2011, Robert King, then the United States’ special envoy for North Korean human rights, was given American citizen Eddie Jun as a parting gift of sorts from the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong Il. Jun had been accused of carrying out missionary work in atheist North Korea, where religion is seen as a threat to the supreme leadership. Then, as in now, it wasn’t necessarily uncommon for North Korea to detain or imprison a U.S. citizen for breaching, unintentionally or otherwise, one of its arcane rules. “What’s happened in the past, Americans who’ve been arrested have been there as tourists,” King told Newsweek in a phone interview this week. “They do foolish things that people who aren’t used to a totalitarian regime, particularly a pretty controlling one, do.” This week North Korea again detained a U.S. citizen, but it could be different than business as usual as the United States seemingly inches ever closer to outright war with the isolated nation. Yet after decades of high-profile detainments, Americans continue to travel to North Korea. In fact, should an American want to fly to Pyongyang tomorrow, there’s no law preventing it—it just… Read full this story
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