An Australian student who was detained in North Korea was let go and safely left the nation on Thursday after Swedish officers helped broker his release.
Alek Sigley, 29, who was studying within the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, had been missing since June 25.
“I’m OK. I’m good, I’m excellent,” Sigley instructed reporters after arriving at Beijing airport.
He declined to remark about what happened to him within the North Korean capital of Pyongyang the place he had been residing. He made a peace sign as he walked out of the airport.
An Australian authorities source familiar with the situation mentioned Sigley was due to journey to Tokyo from Beijing. Sigley is married to a Japanese girl, Yuka Morinaga.
Prime Minister Morrison interrupted parliament earlier on Thursday to confirm that Sigley had been freed.
Morrison later mentioned in a statement that Swedish authorities had helped safe the student’s release.
“This final result demonstrates the value of the discreet, behind the scenes work of officials in resolving advanced and sensitive consular cases, in shut partnership with other governments,” Morrison mentioned within the assertion.
He didn’t say why Sigley had been detained.
Australia has no diplomatic presence in N. Korea and depends on other nations such as Sweden to behave on its behalf.
In a press release to Reuters, the Swedish foreign ministry said it had welcomed the release.
“Sweden has acted in accordance with the agreement on providing consular companies that exist with Australia and in shut cooperation with Australian authorities,” it added.
Sigley’s father, a professor of Asian research in the western Australian city of Perth, instructed reporters his son would quickly be reunited together with his wife.