(WASHINGTON) -- An American citizen has been detained in North Korea for several months, the State Department said Tuesday.
"I don't have any details on what this individual was doing in North Korea. But we would call on the government of North Korea to release this citizen on humanitarian grounds. And we would ask that they respect and treat this citizen in a manner consistent with international human rights law," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
Toner would not confirm any details regarding the individual's identity, well-being, or why he was detained, citing privacy restrictions. He confirmed, however, that Swedish diplomats who represent American interests in Pyongyang have been able to visit the person "recently."
A senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the individual had been detained in November, but would not say when the case came to the attention of the U.S. government.
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