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Freed Australian student denies spying in N. Korea

Freed Australian student denies spying in N. Korea”

Mr Sigley was a student at a Pyongyang university and also ran a tour company that took foreigners on guided tours in North Korea. "Since I've been getting a lot of questions, I'd like to make a brief statement", the 29-year-old wrote.

Alek Sigley, the Australian student who was released by North Korea last week, on Tuesday denied the communist country's allegations on spying on the authoritarian state, calling it "false".In a series of tweets, Sigley said he has no plans returning to North Korea soon and was sad to see the situation which unfolded."The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false".

The country claimed that Sigley had spied and spread anti-state propaganda by providing photos and other information to critical news organizations.

Alek Sigley walking through the terminal building arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on July 4. Sigley first visited North Korea in 2012. "The only material I gave to NK News was what was published publicly on the blog, and the same goes for other media outlets", Sigley said in a Tweet. 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 said his tour agency has canceled all tours until further notice.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said Choe was in North Korea without special permission from the Seoul government.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea deported Mr Sigley last Thursday after he pleaded for forgiveness over his activities, which the agency said infringed on North Korea's sovereignty.

North Korean state media later issued a statement saying Sigley had admitted to committing "spying acts" by working with foreign media, including NK News, a website that specializes in North Korea. His case was complicated by Australia's lack of diplomatic representation in North Korea, with the Swedish envoy helping to negotiate his release.

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



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