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N Korea: Arrested US Student Entered Country Illegally

FILE - A North Korean soldier uses binoculars inside a guard tower as a woman works on a grassland on the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 12, 2013.

North Korea said Saturday that it had arrested a South Korean student, who attends New York University and has permanent U.S. residency, for illegally entering the country.

The North Korean official KCNA news agency identified the man as 21-year-old Won Moon-Joo, 21.

Won was arrested after crossing a river from the Chinese border city of Dandong on April 22, KCNA said. The agency said Won had admitted his illegal entry was a "serious violation," and it added that his case was under investigation.

KCNA offered no details as to what had motivated Won to cross into North Korea.