Australia’s government said Thursday it was “urgently seeking clarification” about a report that an Australian student studying in Pyongyang has been detained by North Korean authorities. South Korea’s Channel A reported Wednesday that 29-year-old Alek Sigley, a student at Kim Il Sung University in the North Korean capital since 2018, has been detained. Australia does not have a diplomatic mission of its own in North Korea, but consular assistance can be provided to the country’s nationals by the Swedish Embassy on a limited basis. Sigley has been pursuing a master's degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University, North Korea’s most prestigious institution of higher education. Sigley is also a founder of Tongil Tours, a company that operates group tours into North Korea, which is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Source: Washington Post June 27, 2019 12:02 UTC