Joo Won-Moon, NYU Student Detained In North Korea, Makes an Appearance

by The Associated Press and Henry Austin /  / Updated 

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A U.S. resident who has been detained for five months in North Korea was presented at a news conference early Friday and said he hoped to be home soon.

Joo Won-Moon, 21, is a South Korean citizen and student at New York University. North Korean state media have said he was arrested on April 22 for illegally entering the country.

He appeared to be reading from a prepared — and possibly coached — statement on Friday when he told a press conference that he had not been able to contact his family but wanted them to know he was "very healthy" and hopes "to be home soon."

"I am not very sure about my future," he said. "I hope to be treated generously."

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