Please read North Korea Plans Executions for Contact with Missionary, by Ruth Kramer, at Mission Network
"North Korea plans to execute 33 Christians for their contact with a Baptist missionary last year. They’re charged with trying to overthrow the regime.
"Open Doors USA President/CEO David Curry says, “We received reports through a South Korean newspaper that North Korea is publicly saying that they’re going to order the deaths of 33 people that they believe are connected to Christianity, connected to a particular missionary there.” In answer to the question of heavy-handed tactics, Curry states, “North Korea has a theocracy. Their power is derived from their trying to convince their population that their leaders are God. Anything that would suggest otherwise, they would consider to be a threat against their government.”
"The group is supposedly connected to South Korean missionary Kim Jung-wook and alleged to have received money to set up 500 underground churches, a source shared with the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. As for the timeline on the executions, Curry notes, “They could already have been executed; we don’t know that. They operate on their own schedule. But we’ve got to stand up for these people on the assumption that perhaps they’re still alive.'”