North Korean Soldiers detained an American journalist, reported AFP on 19 March, with reference to the South Korean newspaper Munhva Ilbo.
The journalist named Min (Ming) was captured on Tuesday on a riverbank Yalutszyan, which forms the border of North Korea and China. Source newspapers in the South Korean diplomatic circles said that the location of the journalist and the circumstances of her arrest were not established.
According to unconfirmed information, the U.S. government entered into negotiations with the DPRK on the release of the journalist.
Meanwhile, agency reports Reuters referring to South Korean television on the two detained soldiers DPRK journalist. According to this version, the two women worked in the American news agency, based in California. Journalist had been detained North Korean border guards on the territory of China after refused to obey the demand to stop shooting.
Relations between the U.S. and North Korea have worsened because of the ongoing North Korean testing of ballistic missile modifications Taepodong-2. March 12, the official Pyongyang announced its intention in early April to launch its first telecommunications satellite, but in Washington believe that it is military in nature.
March 17, U.S. State Department reported that the DPRK not to receive humanitarian aid from the United States.