June 19, 2017
North Korea says three delegates were “mugged” by U.S. authorities as they tried to leave JFK International Airport.
In a recent report, Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency accused U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers and airport police of taking a diplomatic package away from the delegation.
The country claims the package had a valid diplomatic courier certificate, and is deeming it the latest example of U.S. hostility.
Washington has yet to comment on the allegations.
The incident comes as U.S. and North Korea tensions continue to grow amid Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, western sanctions, and the recent return of American prisoner Otto Warmbier who came home with severe neurological injuries.