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North Korea detains U.S. national, U.N. says

A general view shows the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on July 19, 2022.

An American was detained Tuesday after crossing from South into North Korea, United Nations Command said.

The body that oversees security in the so-called Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas said in a tweet that the U.S. national was on an “orientation tour” of the area and “crossed without authorization.”

It said the American was in North Korean custody and it was working to “resolve the incident.”

No further details were provided. The U.S. State Department did not immediately reply to a comment request.

United Nations Command soldiers, right, and a South Korean soldier, left, stand guard before North Korea's Panmon Hall  the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea.

Previous Americans who have been detained in North Korea have not been treated well. College student Otto Warmbier, for example, was released in a vegetative state in 2017 after spending 17 months in captivity. He died a short while later. His parents said he had been tortured and suffered brain damaged.