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Australian student released from North Korea says spy charges 'obviously' false

Australian student released from North Korea says spy charges 'obviously' false
FILE PHOTO: Australian student Alek Sigley, 29, who was detained in North Korea, arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato   -   Copyright  Issei Kato(Reuters)
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SEOUL (Reuters) – The Australian student released last week after being detained in North Korea said on Tuesday Pyongyang’s accusation that he was a spy was “pretty obviously” false.

North Korean state media had accused Alek Sigley of espionage and incitement by working with foreign media, including NK News, a website that specializes in North Korea.

“The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false. The only material I gave to NK News was what was published publicly on the blog, and the same goes for other media outlets,” Sigley said in a Tweet.

(Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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