North Korea is holding the Australian Alek Sigley

Alek Sigley (photo), 29, was detained in North Korea this week after a series of social media reports about his life in the country

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Alek Sigley (photo), 29, was detained in North Korea this week after a series of social media reports about his life in the country

An Australian master student detained in North Korea loved a Facebook message about him saying he was a partner of American spies only weeks before he was detained.

Alek Sigley, 29, believed to be the only Australian living in North Korea, was missing this week after a series of social media reports about life in the mysterious nation's capital, Pyongyang.

Sigley arrived in the country as an exchange student, before founding a company that organized tours.

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an Australian man was reportedly detained in North Korea.

Sigley would be the first foreigner to be detained in North Korea because the American Otto Warmbier was imprisoned for 18 months and tortured until he suffered brain damage. He died just six days after returning to the US in 2017.

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Sigley had a blog with updates about his life in North Korea – and even claimed that he would not get involved in controversial topics that would bring him into hot water.

& # 39; Please note that due to my studies and work in the country, I am generally free from politically sensitive topics in my blog, & # 39; he wrote. & # 39; At least I am not particularly interested in what has been said about North Korea a thousand times before. In my blog I simply want to present life in North Korea as I see and experience it. & # 39;

However, despite his caution & # 39; he kept & # 39; recently a joke on Facebook about his friendship with CIA agents, as well as comments about nuclear warfare in North Korea and propaganda posters that may have shocked authorities.

Sigley married his Japanese wife Yuka (left) in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world

Sigley married his Japanese wife Yuka (left) in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world

Sigley married his Japanese wife Yuka (left) in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world

After posting a picture of himself and a friend - whose face is covered with an emoji - Mr. Sigley found a comment joke about the mysterious man who is an American spy

After posting a picture of himself and a friend - whose face is covered with an emoji - Mr. Sigley found a comment joke about the mysterious man who is an American spy

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After posting a picture of himself and a friend – whose face is covered with an emoji – Mr. Sigley found a comment joke about the mysterious man who is an American spy

He also shared photos of propaganda posters he had seen throughout the DPRK (above)

He also shared photos of propaganda posters he had seen throughout the DPRK (above)

He also shared photos of propaganda posters he had seen throughout the DPRK (above)

& # 39; Glad you are hiding the identity of the CIA guy so subtly … & # 39; a friend said.

In response, Mr. Sigley liked the comment, enjoying the joke of his friend.

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On other posts on social media, he shared photos & # 39; s from North Korean propaganda posters and & # 39; beloved & # 39; comments on the country's nuclear weapons.

Mr. Sigley's family issued a statement Thursday afternoon stating that they could not confirm that he had been detained.

& # 39; It has not been confirmed that Alek has been detained in the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), & # 39; according to the statement.

& # 39; The situation is that Alek has not had digital contact with friends and family since the Australian time of Tuesday morning, which is unusual for him.

& # 39; The Alek family hopes to be able to contact him again soon. & # 39;

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Sigley, from Perth, has been studying Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University since April 2018, while also running a travel organization in the communist dictatorship.

He was missing by friends earlier this week, according to the ABC.

He has become one of the most prominent Twitter users in the North Korean capital and has collected more than 4,000 followers.

Last week, Sigley shared photos of herself in a North Korean soccer uniform

Last week, Sigley shared photos of herself in a North Korean soccer uniform

Last week, Sigley shared photos of herself in a North Korean soccer uniform

Otto Warmbier (pictured because he was detained in Pyongyang) was detained in North Korea in 2016 after allegedly taking a propaganda poster he intended to take as a souvenir
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Otto Warmbier (pictured because he was detained in Pyongyang) was detained in North Korea in 2016 after allegedly taking a propaganda poster he intended to take as a souvenir

Otto Warmbier (pictured because he was detained in Pyongyang) was detained in North Korea in 2016 after allegedly taking a propaganda poster he intended to take as a souvenir

Mr. Warmbier is taken out of the plane in a vegetative state shortly after arriving in the United States. He died six days later, claiming his family had been tortured in North Korea

Mr. Warmbier is taken out of the plane in a vegetative state shortly after arriving in the United States. He died six days later, claiming his family had been tortured in North Korea

Mr. Warmbier is taken out of the plane in a vegetative state shortly after arriving in the United States. He died six days later, claiming his family had been tortured in North Korea

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.

Since the death of University of Virginia, student Otto Warmbier in 2017, foreigners have not been detained in North Korea

Since the death of University of Virginia, student Otto Warmbier in 2017, foreigners have not been detained in North Korea

Since the death of University of Virginia, student Otto Warmbier in 2017, foreigners have not been detained in North Korea

& # 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.

& # 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 & # 39; s arrest led to the fear that he would receive the same treatment as American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested in 2017.

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Mr. Warmbier, 21, was preparing to return to the US when he was being held by guards at Pyongyang International Airport.

It was 18 months later that he returned to his home country after lengthy negotiations between the US government and North Korea.

North Korean authorities dubiously blamed his state of food poisoning, which he said had suffered in prison and told him on & # 39; humanitarian grounds & # 39; had released.

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the Australian man is reportedly detained in North Korea - it is urgently seeking clarification

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the Australian man is reportedly detained in North Korea - it is urgently seeking clarification

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the Australian man is reportedly detained in North Korea – it is urgently seeking clarification

& # 39; As a long-term resident on a student visa I have almost unprecedented access to Pyongyang & # 39 ;, he wrote in an editorial in The Guardian
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& # 39; As a long-term resident on a student visa I have almost unprecedented access to Pyongyang & # 39 ;, he wrote in an editorial in The Guardian

& # 39; As a long-term resident on a student visa I have almost unprecedented access to Pyongyang & # 39 ;, he wrote in an editorial in The Guardian

But even though he was once a high school homecoming king when he got home, he wasn't the same.

Mr. Warmbier's parents screamed in terror when they saw him in a vegetative state.

Inside Alek Singley's lush North Korean wedding:

Alek Sigley married his Japanese wife Yuka in May 2018 in Pyongyang to dozens of friends and family from all over the world.

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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.

He then praised North Korea and said: & # 39; Pyongyang has been a very special place for us. & # 39;

He died within a week of his return to America, claiming that his family had been tortured and beaten.

Mr. Sigley wrote in an editorial The Guardian, he shared that during his time on a student visa he had almost & # 39; unprecedented access to Pyongyang & # 39; has.

He later said that he wrote the piece show & # 39; part of the human side of the country that we rarely get to see & # 39 ;.

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Sigley, who has an Australian father and a Chinese mother, has been visiting the country for a number of years and married his Japanese wife Yuka in May 2018 to dozens of friends and family from all over the world in Pyongyang.

He told you before Sky News he was not concerned that the North Korean government was following his posts on social media because he was wise about what he published online and tried to stay out of trouble.

& # 39; I have read extensively in all of these cases and it is part of my job as a guide to understand the culture & # 39 ;, he said.

& # 39; I have never felt threatened and this entire year was a rapprochement.

& # 39; But, talking to students who were there last year when things were really bad and many threats were being traded, it was a completely normal life. & # 39;

Pictured: Aleks Sigley & # 39; s student ID for Kim Il Sung University, where he studies Korean literature

Pictured: Aleks Sigley & # 39; s student ID for Kim Il Sung University, where he studies Korean literature

Pictured: Aleks Sigley & # 39; s student ID for Kim Il Sung University, where he studies Korean literature

Sigley with his father Gary (far left), a family member and his Japanese wife Yuka in Pyongyang

Sigley with his father Gary (far left), a family member and his Japanese wife Yuka in Pyongyang

Sigley with his father Gary (far left), a family member and his Japanese wife Yuka in Pyongyang

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

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

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

During his stay in the country, he posted numerous photos of magazines, restaurants and buildings.

He also shared photos of himself last week in a North Korean soccer uniform.

North Korea dictatorship:

North Korea is a communist dictatorship founded in 1948

It has a population of 25 million and the capital is Pyongyang

The current leader is Kim Jong-Il, 36

There are extremely strict laws about what citizens can do and say

Anyone who speaks unfavorably about the government can be arrested

Foreigners are often closely monitored when they are allowed in

The last time a stranger was arrested was in 2017

University of Virginia, student Otto Warmbier, was detained for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster

He died six days after he was returned to the United States

Tweets have included the types of food he has tried in North Korea, such as bear, wild boar and donkey.

Restaurants also offer ostrich, water buffalo, turkey, raccoon dog and badger, he said.

He wrote a blog post in May last year in which he explained how he was 15 meters away from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the ballet.

He said the leader was greeted with ecstatic applause by an ecstatic crowd.

Canberra advises against non-essential journeys to North Korea because of the very different laws and regulations that affect foreign visitors and the risks of intermittent threats to international interests.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday evening to discuss the trade war in China and North Korea is likely to be on the agenda.

Australia does not have its own diplomatic mission in Pyongyang and is represented in North Korea by the Swedish embassy.

& # 39; If you decide to travel despite the risks, stay as short as possible, eliminate unnecessary activities and review your security arrangements. & # 39;

According to Amnesty International, prisoners who have criticized the regime have been sent to labor camps where they are subject to forced labor, hunger, frequent beating and rape.

What did Alek Sigley share?

Alek Sigley writes a blog in which he shares information about life in North Korea.

He wrote that his goal of blogging was & # 39; simply presenting life in North Korea as I see it and experiencing & # 39 ;.

& # 39; I do not claim that this is the authoritative or definitive perspective on the country & he said.

In a post he shared about the restaurants he visited in the closed country.

He revealed that consumers can try bear, wild boar and donkey.

Restaurants also offer ostrich, water buffalo, turkey, raccoon dog and badger, he said.

& # 39; I have discovered some excellent places to dine in the city & # 39 ;, he wrote.

In a post he shared about the restaurants he visited in the closed country

In a post he shared about the restaurants he visited in the closed country

In a post he shared about the restaurants he visited in the closed country

& # 39; My dorm room friends (some of the other foreign students) and I have the habit of trying out different new restaurants every week.

& # 39; They are sometimes not far from our home in the Taesong district and at other times outside of it. A few are the recommendations of local or foreign friends, while others are places we just stumble into. & # 39;

He has also posted about fashion in North Korea, which he claims to be & # 39; more modern & # 39; has become.

In the post he also shares images from a fashion magazine.

Alek Sigley has placed rare glimpses in the secret country where media rules are notoriously strict

Alek Sigley has placed rare glimpses in the secret country where media rules are notoriously strict

Alek Sigley has placed rare glimpses in the secret country where media rules are notoriously strict

& # 39; The men's magazine performs the same function as the ladies: inventory of state-sanctioned styles, and is also structured in the same way, with color photos of models in front and designs in the back, and an occasional block of text that offers fashion advice, & # 39; he wrote.

He said, however, that the streetwear of the South is still far away.

He said the women's magazine presented clothing as a & # 39; embody the innate properties of our (Korean) people & # 39 ;. While the men's magazine dropped the tradition reference.

He wrote a blog post in May last year in which he explained how he was 15 meters away from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the ballet.

He said the leader was greeted with ecstatic applause by an ecstatic crowd.

& # 39; The men's magazine performs the same function as the ladies: make an inventory of state-sanctioned styles & # 39 ;, he wrote.

& # 39; The men's magazine performs the same function as the ladies: make an inventory of state-sanctioned styles & # 39 ;, he wrote.

& # 39; The men's magazine performs the same function as the ladies: make an inventory of state-sanctioned styles & # 39 ;, he wrote.

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