An Australian exchange student detained in North Korea married his Japanese wife last year in a lavish wedding.
Alex Sigley, a Korean literature student at Kim Il Sung University, has been arrested and the Australian government is trying to investigate why.
The 29-year-old, who led Tongil Tours with Westerners around North Korea, has been studying in the Communist dictatorship since April 2018.
An Australian exchange student detained in North Korea married his Japanese wife there last year in a lavish wedding (photo)
Alex Sigley, a 29-year-old Korean literature student at Kim Il Sung University, has been arrested. He is pictured with his wife on their wedding day
He has not been seen since he posted a tweet on Monday about renovations at Pyongyang's Ryugyong Hotel.
Mr. Sigley is from Perth and has an Australian father and a Chinese mother.
He married his Japanese wife Yuka in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world.
Their wedding video shows the couple studying together at Australian National University and traveling through the city for their reception.
The party in a banquet hall in the capital consisted of dancing, karaoke and speeches from friends.
In a short speech, Mr. Sigley thanked the guests for coming from all over the world.
The 29-year-old married his wife Yuka (pictured together) in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world
Sigley (pictured with his Australian father and Chinese mother) has not been seen since he posted a tweet on Monday about renovations at Pyongyang's Ryugyong Hotel
The couple's wedding in a banquet hall in the capital consisted of dancing, karaoke, and speeches from friends. Pictured: the couple after their wedding
He then praised North Korea and said: & # 39; Pyongyang has been a very special place for us. & # 39;
The couple received gifts before the video was closed with Mr. and Mrs. Sigley performing karaoke on stage.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed that an Australian man had been detained in North Korea.
& # 39; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to the family of an Australian man allegedly detained in North Korea.
& # 39; The department is urgently seeking clarification. & # 39;
Alek Sigley (photo), 29, was arrested after a series of tweets about his life in the repressive country
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the Australian man is reportedly detained in North Korea – it is urgently seeking clarification
Australia has no embassy in North Korea, so the British ambassador is handling the case.
Mr Sigley's last social media post on June 24 was about the Ryugyong Hotel, which was still not completed after construction was halted in 1992 when North Korea broke through an economic crisis.
& # 39; New signage above the main entrance of the Ryugyong Hotel with its name and logo. A sign that it will soon be open for companies? & # 39; Mr. Sigley's message.
Sigley has been studying Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University since April 2018, as well as guided tours.
He was open about sharing his experiences in North Korea, writing an editorial in it The Guardian about his time there.
& # 39; As a long-term resident on a student visa, I have almost unprecedented access to Pyongyang & # 39 ;, he wrote.
& # 39; I am free to roam the city without anyone accompanying me. Interaction with the locals can sometimes be limited, but I can shop and eat almost anywhere. & # 39;
Sigley and his wife, a Japanese citizen, are said to have been married in North Korea.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, North Korea is a & # 39; reconsideration of your travel needs & # 39 ;.
Mr Sigley's last social media post on June 24 was about the Ryugyong Hotel, which was still not completed after construction was halted in 1992 when North Korea started an economic crisis
The department's website says it advises against traveling to North Korea because of the very different laws and regulations that affect foreign visitors and the risks of periodic threats to international interests.
& # 39; If you decide to travel despite the risks, stay as short as possible, eliminate unnecessary activities and review your security arrangements. & # 39;
Since the death of University of Virginia, student Otto Warmbier in 2017, foreigners have not been detained in North Korea.
He traveled to Pyongyang with a group when he was arrested and detained at the airport.
The North Korean authorities accused him of committing a hostile act against the country by stealing a propaganda poster from the hotel where he was staying.
Otto Warmbier (pictured when he was detained in Pyongyang last January) died days ago after being brought back to the United States in a coma from North Korea to the United States
He was held there after a sad press conference and was not seen again until he was released by the country into a vegetative state.
North Korean authorities dubiously blamed his state of food poisoning, which he said he suffered when he was in prison and told him on & # 39; humanitarian grounds & # 39; released.
Mr. Warmbier then died six days after he was returned to the United States.
Warmbier was transported before death in 2017 from a private plane in the US
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