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US looks into report of American held in NKorea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is looking into the reported detention of a U.S. citizen in North Korea.

North Korea's official news agency is reporting that a 24-year-old American man has ben detained for what it calls improper behavior while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist two weeks ago. It identifies him as Miller Matthew Todd.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) says the U.S. is in touch with the Swedish Embassy, which handles consular cases for the U.S. because Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng).

North Korea's announcement comes as President Barack Obama visits rival South Korea.

North Korea has been holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae (bay) since 2012.

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