South Korean Pastor Detained in North Korea for ‘Espionage’

One of two South Korean men detained in North Korea on charges of espionage is a pastor, a Seoul-based Protestant association said Monday.

Last week, the communist country said it is holding two South Korean men it identified as Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil on charges of espionage. South Korea’s Unification Ministry confirmed that they are South Korean citizens, but did not provide details.

The General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in South Korea said Kim Kuk Gi is a pastor registered with the group. The group also called for his immediate release.

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