Australian student arrested in North Korea

epa01030314 (FILE) A file picture dated 01 June 2006 shows a huge statue of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung towering over visitors in central Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea remains the leading exponent of the Socialist Realist school of artistic expression which dates back to the early revolutionary Soviet Union. Strident slogans, square jawed worker heroes and triumphal praise of the leadership add colour to the otherwise drab and concrete filled expanses of North Korea. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW

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Australia says it is urgently seeking clarification of reports an Australian man has been detained in North Korea.

Australian and South Korea media have identified him as Alek Sigley, a 29-year-old student living in Pyongyang.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not identified the man due to privacy obligations.

The government said embassy representatives in South Korea had contacted “relevant officials” in North Korea.

It is not known why the man may have been detained. Sigley’s friends reported him missing earlier this week, the Australian Broadcasting Corp said.



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