Canberra - Australian student and tour operator Alek Sigley, who was set free after several days of detention in North Korea, has thanked those involved in his release, saying he intends "to return to normal life."
The 29-year-old student from Perth had not been in contact with his family and friends since June 24. He was released on Thursday and arrived overnight in Tokyo where his wife lives, after a brief stopover in Beijing. It is not clear why Sigley was detained.
"I just want everyone to know I am OK, and to thank them for their concern for my well-being and their support for my family over the past week," Sigley said in a statement released from Tokyo on Friday.
"I'm very happy to be back with my wife, Yuka, and to have spoken with my family in Perth (Australia) to reassure them I'm well."
"I intend now to return to normal life but wanted to first publicly thank everyone who worked to ensure I was safe and well," he said.