North Korea deported a US citizen who was detained last month after he “illegally entered our country through the border between North Korea and China,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Friday.
KCNA reports the US citizen, identified as Bruce Byron Lowrance, illegally entered North Korea on October 16 and testified that he did so. KCNA further reports that Lowrance claimed he entered North Korea under “the control of the US Central Intelligence Agency” during his testimony.
Lowrance was deported to the outside of the North Korean border, KCNA stated.
A spokesman for the US Embassy in Seoul told CNN he was unable to comment on individual cases “for privacy concerns.” CNN has reached out to the US State Department and the South Korean government for further comment.
In 2017, a man with the same name was deported from South Korea after he was caught wandering near the North Korean border, according to the LA Times. They said he wanted to “help resolve the conflict” between Washington and Pyongyang.
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SOURCE: CNN, Sophie Jeong and Caroline Kelly