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03/05/2014 KOREA

Pyongyang arrests "accomplices" of South Korean missionary: they risk being shot

The Stalinist regime interns "tens of people" in a labor camp for political prisoners, guilty of having helped Kim Jeong- wook, a Christian missionary accused of “spying”, who illegally entered the country. Exiles from the North: "They will be shot. Or, if things go well, they will end locked up in the state camps”

Seoul (AsiaNews ) - The Stalinist regime of North Korea has arrested dozens of Pyongyang citizens, accused of helping a South Korean Christian missionary in his alleged "spying activities " in the country. Those arrested have been interned in a labor camp for political prisoners, and now may face the firing squad according to local sources - anonymous for security reasons - speaking to Radio Free Asia.

Kim Jeong- wook, a Baptist, was arrested in October of 2013 by the North Korean authorities. After his arrest the missionary disappeared for four months and reappeared for the first time February 27, 2014 during a press conference (see photo) organized by the regime. The regime say is guilty of "espionage with the complicity of the secret services of Seoul" and "illegal distribution of religious materials " including Bibles and Christian texts.

During the daily Mass in Santa Marta, yesterday (March 4, 2014) the Pope recalled that "in the world today there are Christians who are punished just for possessing a Bible", and stressed that "today there are more martyrs for the faith than in the first days of the Church".
During the press conference, Kim "admitted his crimes" against Pyongyang and asked the Stalinist authorities to have "mercy" on him. In addition, he revealed details about his illegal entry into the country, according to some sources he may also have provided a list of people who helped him, and who were immediately arrested. After the press conference, the Seoul government asked the North to release the missionary, but the day after Pyongyang gave a negative response.

Lee Seok - yeong , director of Free North Korea Radio (a broadcaster based in Seoul some exiles from the north work), explains that the punishment for these alleged accomplices will be terrible , "Anyone who helped him will probably be shot by a special firing squad. If they are really fortunate, they will be locked up in a labor camp for political prisoners".



See also

12/08/2013 KOREA
Health of Christian missionary held in Pyongyang labour camp deteriorates
The family of Kenneth Bae, also known as Pae Jun-ho, report he has been hospitalized near the capital. Sentenced to 15 years hard labor he is no longer able to work: "He's 45 years old, has diabetes and a heart malformation. We are very worried. "

31/05/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang, South Korean Baptist missionary sentenced to hard labor for life
The missionary Kim Jeong -wook had "confessed his crimes": espionage, underground religious activities, "malignantly hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership". North Korea prohibits all worship except of the ruling dynasty. Other missionaries sentenced and jailed.

24/05/2011 NORTH KOREA
Still some Christians “alive and respected” under Kim regime
South Korean Protestant Pastor: "In North Korea there are still about 40 thousand Christians: some tortured and committed to labour camps, but who set an example for everyone." The Catholic Church does not confirm these figures but praises the attitude of those who managed to escape, "missionary of hope for us all."

27/02/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang: Christian missionary from South "confesses his crimes" on TV
Kim Jeong -wook was arrested last October on the border with China and had since disappeared into thin air. During a press conference he admitted his "crimes" and pleaded for the "mercy” of the Stalinist authorities. Australian missionary John Short and the American Kenneth Bae still in the hands of the regime.

03/03/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang frees Australian missionary John Short: humanitarian act following confession
The missionary, 75, was arrested on February 16 for handing out religious material. Two other missionaries, Kenneth Bae and Kim Jeong- wook, still in the hands of the regime.

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