Australian Freed from N. Korea Rejects Accusations of Espionage

Australian Freed from N. Korea Rejects Accusations of Espionage

North Korean state media had accused Sigley of conducting "spying acts" in the country but Sigley denied the claims.

After his deportation last week Thursday, Sigley arrived at the Australian embassy in Beijing and has since joined his wife in Tokyo, according to NK News. "But I now have no plans to visit the country again, at least in the short term", he wrote.

The response came days after allegations from Pyongyang that the Australian tour guide was feeding photos and data to news sites critical of the hermit nation.

Alek Sigley posted a series of tweets on Tuesday night addressing his mysterious detention in the hermit kingdom but providing little detail on what happened to him there.

A South Korean man has defected to North Korea to permanently live there and work for its unification with the South, Pyongyang's state media reported. He said his tour agency has canceled all tours until further notice. Sigley said he'd like to continue his Master's studies at Pyeongyang's Kim Il Sung University - an experience he says he loved with all his heart.

He travelled to Tokyo via Beijing after his release to reunite with his Japanese wife, whom he married in Pyongyang a year ago. I may never again see my teachers and my partners in the travel industry ...


Kent Harstedt meets with North Korean officials to negotiate Alek Sigley's release.

On Twitter, Sigley dismissed the accusation of spying, writing, "The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false". On Twitter, Sigley said he would not be speaking to the press or answering questions about the events on social media, having said on Friday he was planning to "return to normal life".

He said he provided NK News with a statement that was published on a blog.

In that case, the American student was convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster but died after being sent home to the USA in a vegetative state in June 2017.

The Australian government had taken Sweden's help in negotiating his release as the country does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea.

"There are many other people whose names I don't know who worked hard in the background as well".

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