North Korea to free U.S. missionary
North Korea said today it would release a Korean-American missionary who crossed into the North on Christmas Day last year.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported that the 28-year-old Robert Park showed his “sincere repentance” for his actions. The agency accused Park of trespassing on the border “due to his wrong understanding” of North Korea.
Park crossed the border on a one-man mission to help improve the human rights situation in North Korea and to convince the regime to release political prisoners. Park also called for the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to step down.
North Korea is detaining another American for illegal entry from China on Jan. 25. No further information is yet available on the person.
*The full version of this article will be published in tomorrow’s edition of the JoongAng Daily.
By Yoo Jee-ho Staff Reporter [email@example.com]
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