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Australian student who was detained by the regime breaks his silence

Alek Sigley, the Australian student who was detained by North Korea for a little over a week before being released, has rejected the regime’s accusation that he was a spy.

Sigley, 29, returned to social media late on Wednesday, where he released a brief statement after assuring everyone he was well, mentally and physically.

1. The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false. The only material I gave to NK News was what was published publicly on the blog, and the same goes for other media outlets. In this respect, I stand by the NK News statement: https://t.co/AQmpGs2qbW

Related: Alek Sigley: Diplomat who secured release of Australian from North Korea felt ‘great relief’

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State media reports arrival of Choe In-guk, son of ex-foreign minister who defected in 1986

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in Pyongyang to settle permanently, state media have said.

If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North Korea.

Related: 'How could our country lie so completely?': meet the North Korean defectors

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Pyongyang’s news agency said Alek Sigley had spread propaganda against the regime

North Korea has said an Australian student who it detained for a week had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views about the country.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said on Saturday that North Korea had deported Alek Sigley on Thursday after he pleaded for forgiveness for his activities, which the agency said infringed on the country’s sovereignty.

Related: Alek Sigley: Australian student released from North Korea

CEO of @nknewsorg @chadocl provides the following statement in response to the July 6 DPRK state media report on Alek Sigley.
Full statement: https://t.co/3NAEhvpnwP

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It remains unclear why the student, who says he will not be doing media interviews, was detained in North Korea

Alek Sigley, the 29-year-old Australian who was freed from detention in North Korea on Thursday after going missing for more than a week, has released a statement pleading for privacy and saying he wants to return to “normal life”.

Sigley has reunited with his wife Yuka Morinaga in Tokyo following his departure yesterday, he said in the statement, adding that he would not be holding a news conference or doing any media interviews.

Related: Alek Sigley: Australian student released from North Korea

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Student detained in North Korea has left the country, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison confirms

Alek Sigley, the 29-year-old Australian missing in North Korea for more than a week, has left the country and is now safe in China.

Speaking in the Australian parliament on Thursday, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed that Sigley had been released from detention by the repressive regime and had arrived safely in China.

Alek Sigley, feared detained in North Korea, now “safe and sound” in China #NorthKorea https://t.co/Kth5trPf0z

Related: Donald Trump invites Kim Jong-un to US after entering North Korea

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Swedish special envoy asked to use scheduled visit to raise matter of missing Australian

The Australian government has asked a Swedish special envoy to raise missing 29-year-old Alek Sigley directly with the North Korean regime.

North Korean state media announced this week that Kent Rolf Magnus Harstedt, a special envoy of the Swedish government, had arrived in North Korea.

Related: Alek Sigley: Facebook page of Australian missing in North Korea briefly reappears

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Mission to the UN complains after US sent letter urging other countries to send back its North Korean workers

North Korea has complained after the United States sent a letter urging countries to send back workers from the Stalinist state as President Donald Trump was inviting Kim Jong-un to hold talks.

The North Korean mission to the United Nations said on Wednesday that the letter sent to all UN member-states showed that Washington was “practically more and more hell-bent on the hostile acts” against Pyongyang, even though it is seeking dialogue.

Related: Trump and Kim’s DMZ meeting proves more than just a photo op

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Donald Trump has been accused of taking nepotism to alarming new depths after giving his daughter, Ivanka, a prominent role in meetings with the G20 and Kim Jong-un.

Related: #Unwantedivanka: awkward moment at G20 prompts slew of Trump parodies

It reflects poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is

Related: Feel smug about western democracy? The G20 summit should make us reconsiderNesrine Malik

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The new White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham,  jostled with North Korean security staff when trying to assist US media covering the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  Grisham is seen pushing past North Korean security staff, and a voice can be heard off camera saying: 'Let go of me. I need help here'.

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Pyongyang official news agency says leaders ‘agreed to keep in close touch in future’

North Korea has described the weekend meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump as “historic” and “amazing”.

Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met Kim in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.

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