American Student Detained In North Korea “Wanted To Get Arrested”

Joo Won-moon was hoping for a "great event" to help build peace on the Korean peninsula.

The South Korean college student who was detained by North Korea for illegal entry last month just revealed that he “wanted” to get arrested – for a reason.

Joo Won-moon, a 21-year-old New York University student, was taken into custody on April 22 after he climbed barbed fences separating North and South Korea, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Joo said he intentionally entered North Korea in a bid for peace.

"I wanted to be arrested. I thought some great event could happen and hopefully that event could have good a effect in the relationship between the North and the South," he stated.

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Joo added North Korean prison authorities are treating him well. He is being kept in a room with three beds and a private bathroom but he has no access to Internet, television or a telephone.

"...I am well and there's no need to worry because people here have treated me with the best of humanitarian treatment. I've been fed well, slept well and I've been very healthy."

Last year, North Korea released three American prisoners – Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller after two years, seven months and six months, respectively.

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