North Korea presents detained American to media

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Pyongyang, Feb 29: North Korea has presented a detained American student before media in Pyongyang.

The student, Otto Warmbier, acknowledged and apologised in a conference attended by the media and some members of the diplomatic community today for stealing a political slogan from a staff-only section of the hotel where he had been staying. Pyongyang calls that an anti-state crime.

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He said he took it as a trophy for a church that offered to pay him for it. North Korea announced late last month that it had arrested the 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student.

It said that after entering the country as a tourist he conducted an anti-state crime with "the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation." Former detainees often recant such admissions after their release. 

AP

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