facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Missionary held in North Korea apologizes for 'crime,' says he was spy

Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM   |   Comments

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A South Korean missionary held in North Korea said Thursday he had worked to undermine the government by building underground churches.

Appearing in a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-uk apologized for the "anti-state crime" he said was committed at the behest of South Korea's intelligence service, the New York Times reported.

Kim, a 50-year-old Baptist missionary, said he entered North Korea Oct. 7 carrying Bibles and other religious materials and was arrested the next day. He told reporters the South Korean National Intelligence Service had paid him several thousand dollars to collect information from North Korean refugees in China, where Kim had opened an underground church.

"I intended to change North Korea into a religious country and demolish the current North Korean government and political system," he said.

Pyongyang said in November it had arrested a South Korean spy, but had not identified him until the news conference.

Following Kim's statement, South Korea called for his immediate release and demanded he have access to a lawyer.

South Korean intelligence officials have denied a missionary was detained in the North while working as a spy.

Topics: Kim Jong
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them
2
High-ranking Chicago police officer charged with putting gun in man's mouth
3
Federal judge strikes down polygamy ban in Utah
4
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
5
Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback