North Korea announced Tuesday that it is holding an unnamed American citizen, thought to be 28-year-old Arizona missionary Robert Park, who had illegally entered on Christmas Eve. Park is said to have crossed the frozen Tumen River into the country from China in an effort to raise awareness of North Korea's human rights violations. Park's uncle, Machul Cho, and his pastor, John Benson, both said the acknowledgement was good news. "To hear it confirmed is great," said Benson. "He did this to bring awareness to the situation in North Korea... Drastic situations call for drastic measures." South Korean experts have predicted that the North will likely deport Park, as imprisoning him would bring attention to his cause.
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