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    North Korea Releases Detained Australian Student

    Alek Sigley, the 29-year-old who went missing in Pyongyang last week, arrived in China Thursday after being released by North Korean authorities. It’s still unclear why the graduate student, who’d been running a tourism business in the North Korean capital, had been detained — nor did Sigley comment on his detention. “I’m good, I’m very good,” he told reporters in Beijing.

    Can we learn anything from this case? Analysts say that openly confronting Pyongyang would have exacerbated the situation, so Australia’s “discreet, behind the scenes work” via Swedish authorities helped win Sigley’s release.

    Read OZY’s profile of the man behind North Korea’s only private university.

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