Australian missionary released from Nth Korea

Bryan Patterson's Faithworks

NORTH Korea has freed John Short, a 75-year-old Australian missionary whom it detained last month.

“The relevant organ decided to expel him from the territory of the DPRK, thanks to the tolerance of the law of the DPRK and in full consideration of his age,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

The agency said Short “committed a criminal act by secretly spreading his Bible tracts around a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang,” after entering the country as a tourist.

Short’s wife, Karen, said she had been told by an Australian Embassy official that her husband had arrived in Beijing.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had received confirmation that Short had been released and was being deported.

KCNA published a written apology that it attributed to Short.

“I now realize the seriousness of my insult to the Korean people on February 16th because I made…

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