Presbyterian Church Clarifies He Was Missionary Helping N. Korean Homeless Children in China
by Samuel Smith
After a North Korean state news agency announced last week that the country was holding two South Korean men accused of espionage, the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in Korea, a Seoul-based Protestant association, identified Kim Kuk Gi last Friday as one of their own registered pastors and demanded that he be released.
"He was carrying out missionary works for North Korean defectors in [the Chinese port city of] Dandong," a representative from the Presbyterian assembly told Voice of America News. "He bought noodle makers and tofu machines to send to the North, as well as sewing machines."
The other South Korean detainee has been identified as Choe Chun Gil. South Korean authorities tried to deliver a written request for the two men to be released, however, North Korean officials refused to accept the request...