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U.S. College Student Arrested In North Korea

The South Korean man, who is a permanent U.S. resident, was arrested last week when he allegedly tried to enter North Korea from China.

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A South Korean New York University student is being held in North Korea for allegedly trying to enter the country illegally, the North Korean Central News Agency announced on Saturday.

A crossing in the Chinese border town of Tumen in eastern China's Jilin province. In this Dec. 8, 2012.
Ng Han Guan / AP

A crossing in the Chinese border town of Tumen in eastern China's Jilin province. In this Dec. 8, 2012.

Twenty-one year old Joo Won-moon is a permanent New Jersey resident. He was arrested by North Korean officials when he was caught crossing the Amnok River in China's Dandong province on April 22.

Moon is now "under investigation by a competent institution," according to KCNA.

Moon is a junior at NYU's Stern Business School, but university officials said they were unaware of his travelling plans.

"He is not taking classes this semester, and the university was unaware of his travels," NYU spokesman John Beckman told the New York Post.

The U.S. State Department has yet to comment on Moon's arrest, but a strongly worded statement on its website advises all U.S. citizens against travelling to North Korea.

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Felipe Araujo at felipe.araujo@BuzzFeed.com.

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