North Korea says it has detained another American who is suspected of carrying out "acts of hostility" designed to overturn the secretive state.
If confirmed, it will bring the number of US citizens being held to four - with tensions between the two countries flaring in recent weeks.
Kim Hak-Song was detained on Saturday and worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), according to the state's KCNA news agency.
The agency said: "A relevant institution of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) detained American citizen Kim Hak-Song on 6 May under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it."
In Washington, the US State Department said it was aware of the latest report - adding that "the security of US citizens is one of the department's highest priorities".
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen as Pyongyang pursues nuclear weapons in what it says is a threat of US-instigated war.
It has carried out a series of missile launches this year and President Donald Trump has said military action against the rogue state has not been ruled out.
Pyongyang also accused the CIA and South Korea's Intelligence Services of conspiring to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un using "biochemical substances".
In the past, senior US officials have had to make high-profile visits in order to secure the release of detained Americans - with then director of intelligence James Clapper making such a trip in November 2014.
North Korea has long been accused of using foreign detainees in order to secure diplomatic concessions from the West.
The other US citizens who are currently detained are:
:: Kim Sang-Duck, a lecturer who taught at PUST who was detained in April accused of attempting to overturn the government
:: Kim Dong-Chul, who was sentenced to 10 years' hard labour for spying last year.
:: Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who was sentenced to 15 years' hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.


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