Seoul's unification ministry is calling on North Korea to repatriate a South Korean Christian missionary that's reportedly being detained by the North on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime.
Kim Jeong-uk, a Baptist missionary, said during a press conference in Pyongyang on Thursday that he has been held against his will in the North since October after being caught on his way to the capital with Bibles and other religious materials.
He also said he had received financial assistance from South Korea's spy agency in exchange for providing information about the North.
To that claim, Seoul's unification ministry said they'd investigate once Kim returns to the South, but it's also worth pointing out that Pyongyang is known to coerce statements out of the people it detains.
Seoul's unification ministry said North Korea notified South Korea about the arrest in November, but ignored repeated calls to identify the detainee until this Thursday.
And in other news, this just coming in North Korea and Japan have reportedly agreed to hold Red Cross talks early next month.
We'll bring you the details as they surface.