The life of FBI director James Comey was threatened while he was in New Zealand, according to charges lodged in a Rotorua court.

The threats were allegedly made by 32-year-old Frank Stewart McLean during the director's April visit and forced the United States Embassy in Wellington to be evacuated, according to Fairfax.

McLean has reportedly appeared in the Rotorua District Court, where he pleaded guilty to making a false statement.

Fairfax reports McLean will reappear for sentencing on June 7.

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