Asia

North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary

Australian John Short deported to Beijing. But Korean-American Kenneth Bae remains in prison.
North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary
Image: Wikimedia Commons
A Buddhist temple in North Korea

An Australian missionary jailed last month for handing out tracts in North Korea has been released and deported to Beijing.

John Short, 75, was arrested for spreading Bible tracts near a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang in early February. North Korea's state media—the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)—said Short was released because of his age, and because he apologized. (The same explanation was used when the nation recently released a detained 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War.)

The Associated Press, CNN, and The New York Times report more details.

Though North Korea's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, in reality only services approved by the government are allowed. Bible distribution and prayer services can land people in labor camps or merit execution, defectors say.

Before his release, KCNA said Short apologized for his law breaking and signed a three-page written statement outlining the laws he had broken and apologizing.

Short, ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber?
or your full digital access.
July/August
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.

Read These Next

hide this
Access The Archives

In the Archives

This article is available to CT subscribers only. To continue reading, please subscribe. You'll get immediate access to this article and the entire Christianity Today archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?
or to continue reading.