Kenneth Bae and two other Americans detained in North Korea spoke about their conditions in interviews with CNN on 1 September, and pleaded for US help.
Australian missionary John Short (75), who was being held by the North Korean authorities for allegedly distributing religious materials, has been released and deported to China.
Two more foreign missionaries have been arrested in North Korea, Australian John Short (pictured) and South Korean Kim Jong-uk. A UN report has concluded that the regime is committing crimes against humanity.
Kenneth Bae, an American Christian who has been imprisoned in North Korea since November 2012, has appealed for American government action during a strictly-managed televised press conference held at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital.
In October Myunghee Bae, the mother of Christian prisoner Kenneth Bae, travelled to Pyongyang to visit him in hospital.
Kenneth Bae, an American Christian, has been imprisoned in North Korea since November 2012. His son Jonathan is campaigning for his release.
North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il has died of a heart attack at the age of 69.
The Winter 2011 issue of Church in Chains magazine focused on North Korea and our project was linked with this feature.
The isolation of North Korea for more than 50 years has been a huge barrier to spreading the message of Jesus, as vigilant border guards sought to ensure that no Bibles entered the country. However, the missionary vision of growing numbers of Chinese Christians and the advent of new technology have dramatically changed the picture.
In mid-May, 23 North Korean Christians attending a house church meeting in Pyongan Province were discovered by police and arrested.
They were interrogated at length, tried, and the three leaders were sentenced to death and executed. The others were sent to the kwan-li-so (penal labour colony).
Robert Park, a 28-year-old Korean American missionary, has returned to his home in the USA after being released from prison in North Korea.