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Australia unaware where NKorea holding missionary

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 4:56 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Australia's foreign minister says her government is trying to find out where an Australian missionary is being held and what his condition is in North Korea.

Julie Bishop told a news conference in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Thursday that Australia did not have a diplomatic office in Pyongyang and was being represented by the Swedish Embassy.

The North Korean government has not made any statements on John Short, 75, whose family has said he was questioned and then arrested in his Pyongyang hotel on Sunday, a day after he arrived in the North Korean capital.

Bishop says her government will provide "the highest level of consular assistance" it can to Australians who find themselves in trouble outside the country, including Short.