The family of Alek Sigley said on Thursday they had not heard from the 29-year-old university student in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, since Tuesday. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment".
Missing Australian PhD student and North Korean resident Alek Sigley made an impassioned plea to Donald Trump a year ago not to bomb Pyongyang ahead of his first summit. "We work through the Swedish government in North Korea and all of these steps are underway".
THE FAMILY of an Australian student feared detained in North Korea have broken their silence.
"I'm enrolled in a master's degree in Korean literature in the university's postgraduate school", he wrote.
A year later, he established his own Australia-based tour agency, Tongil Tours, which specialises in "educational tourism" to North Korea.
And Kenji Fujimoto, the garrulous former sushi chef of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, may also have been arrested there, Japanese media reported earlier.
His family said Friday they have no news about whether he has been detained.
While at ANU, Mr Sigley says he "developed a strong interest in North Korean film and literature".
A fluent Mandarin and Korean speaker, he has during his time in Pyongyang become a regular user of social media, using Twitter and Facebook - as well as his personal blog - to share updates about life in the country.
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People detained have also in some cases clogged toilets with their Mylar blankets and socks in order to be let out of the cells. The congresswoman said female migrants told her of frightful conditions and treatment by officers in the facility.
"I'm anxious but we don't know anything yet".
"As a long-term foreign resident on a student visa, I have almost unprecedented access to Pyongyang", he wrote at the time.
"A Chinese-Australian man and a Japanese woman have their wedding in North Korea. Interaction with locals can be limited at times, but I can shop and dine nearly anywhere I want", he wrote.
Mr Short later told of gruelling daily interrogations and being kept under 24-hour guard, despite repeatedly saying he was not a spy and was not working with any South Korean connections. He was detained for more than a year, suffered serve brain damage for reasons which remain unclear, and then died just days after his repatriation to the United States.
"I think that North Koreans potentially might have chose to shut down his blog, his Facebook account because the information coming out of North Korea.is unprecedented".
Petrov said Sigley may have been detained on his way home.
The Australian ABC TV channel reported on Thursday that he had been reported at the beginning of the week of friends missing.
"Alek was the people-to-people ambassador in North Korea".
"Get right up to the border with South Korea, even technically cross it in one of the negotiation huts which lie between the northern and southern sides of the compound and are bisected by the border", his company's website says.