North Korea detains U.S. citizen for spreading Christianity

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The North appears to want to use the latest detention to improve ties with the United States, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies.

Still, given that the country usually releases detainees after indicting and sentencing them, there may not be sufficient time for Mr. Carter to bring Mr. Jun home at the end of the visit, Mr. Yang said.

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