US looks into report of American held in NKorea

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 been 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 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.

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

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

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