I’ll give North Korea this: when they find something that works, they stick with it.
Apparently, this is the third tourist North Korea has arrested in the last six months. My sympathies go out to the poor schmucks who work at North Korea’s tourism board—this can’t be making your job any easier.
For what it’s worth, if the reports on this one are true, I’m not all that sure I want the State Department to try to get him back:
“A relevant organ of the DPRK put in custody American Miller Matthew Todd, 24, on April 10 for his rash behavior in the course of going through formalities for entry into the DPRK to tour it,” the KCNA said.
Miller ripped up his tourist travel certificate and declared “he would seek asylum,” adding that ”he came to the DPRK after choosing it as a shelter,” the KCNA said, which described his actions as a “gross violation” of legal order.
The North Korean government detained Miller “after taking a serious note of his behavior, and is now investigating the case.”
Rather rude of the North Koreans to announce the detention while President Obama was in town. Still, I suppose it was a better than a nuclear test.