• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Missionary arrested in North Korea

AN Australian man has been arrested while doing missionary work in North Korea, the second foreign Christian missionary to be held by the North.

The wife of 75-year-old John Short said her husband was arrested in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Sunday and had been open about his religious work on his second trip to the isolated country.

Karen Short said: "He won't be intimidated by the communists."

North Korea has held American missionary Kenneth Bae for more than a year and convicted him of trying to overthrow the state. A North Korean court sentenced Mr Bae to 15 years' hard labour and efforts by Washington to secure his release have been thwarted.

Mrs Short's wife said of her husband's arrest: "I'm not upset, we're Christian missionaries and we have tremendous support for what we do."

A UN report issued on Tuesday cited lack of religious freedom in North Korea, whose human rights abuses it likened to those of Nazi Germany.

The Australian Embassy in Seoul said it was aware of his case.

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.