South Korea urges North Korea to release South Korean missionaryUpdated: 2014-06-02 06:27:52 KST
The South Korean government is calling on Pyongyang to release a South Korean missionary who has been sentenced to life with hard labor by the North.
In a statement Sunday, Seoul's unification ministry said it was extremely regrettable the North has ignored the South's calls to free Kim Jung-wook and instead put him on trial.
North Korea's state media said Saturday that the missionary had admitted to committing religious acts against the state.
Kim was arrested by the North last October on charges of espionage and trying to set up underground churches.
The unification ministry said North Korea's latest measures were a serious violation of human rights and asked that Kim be allowed contact with his family and lawyer until he is freed.
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Kim Jung-wook (김 중 욱) was fulilling the Great Commission as Jesus said. But Mr. Kim was spying too I read. Jesus didn't say to spy.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: