PYONGYANG, North Korea -A college student from the United States is being detained in North Korea after being accused of a “hostile act.”
Authorities say Otto Frederick Warmbier was traveling with a tour company in North Korea when he was detained on Jan. 2.
Young Pioneer Tours is a China-based travel company that “provides budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”
North Korean state media claims Warmbier is accused of carrying out “a hostile act against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.”
Warmbier entered the country “for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the U.S. government,” the report said.
The tour group says it has informed Warmbier’s family and is working with the U.S. State Department and several other agencies.
Warmbier is a student at the University of Virginia and is studying commerce.