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N. Korea to release detained Australian missionary

North Korea said Monday it would release and deport a 75-year-old Australian missionary detained since last month for allegedly distributing religious materials. Hong Kong-based John Short was arrested after leaving "Bible tracts" in a Buddhist temple in the capital Pyongyang during a tour, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said. "Short acknowledged that his actions were ... unforgivable crimes in violation of our laws, offered an apology and begged for forgiveness," KCNA said.

Australian missionary detained in N. Korea: reports

A 75-year-old Australian missionary has been detained in North Korea for bringing religious material into the country as a tourist, reports said Wednesday, citing his wife. The wife of John Short told the South China Morning Post that he was "carrying Korean-language gospel material" on his second trip to Pyongyang.

Australian Christian missionary arrested in North Korea

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - An Australian man has been arrested while doing missionary work in North Korea, his wife told Reuters on Wednesday, making him the second foreign Christian missionary to be held by the North. The wife of 75-year-old John Short told Reuters her husband was arrested in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Sunday and had been open about his religious work on his second trip to the isolated country.

Kerry heads to Asia amid tensions with N.Korea, China

US Secretary of State John Kerry left Wednesday on a whirlwind Asia trip set to be dominated by regional tensions over China's territorial ambitions and fears for a US citizen jailed in North Korea. Kerry was first heading to Seoul for talks on North Korea, after Pyongyang for the second time scrapped an invitation to a special US envoy to visit for discussions on the fate of jailed US tour operator Kenneth Bae.

U.S. 'disappointed' by Pyongyang's cancellation of envoy invitation

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has again revoked its invitation for a U.S. special envoy to visit Pyongyang for talks on Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American man detained there, a U.S. official confirmed Sunday. Amb. Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, had planned to travel to the reclusive nation within the month. "This is the second time (this has happened) ... We are deeply disappointed," the official told Yonhap News Agency over the phone.

U.S. envoy to visit N. Korea for release of imprisoned missionary

A U.S. special envoy plans to visit North Korea as early as next Monday for the release of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who has been detained in the communist country for more than a year, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said Friday. The Choson Sinbo quoted Bae as speaking about the possible visit based on information he has obtained from the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang.

N. Korea vows to build 'world-class' structures

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Wednesday called for the construction of "world-class" structures, praising the speedy completion of his pet ski resort project. "The construction sector should set up world-class structures ... and build many other structures that could contribute to improving the people's living conditions," Kim said in a New Year message broadcast on state TV. He praised soldiers and builders for setting up "numerous monumental structures" including the Masik Pass Ski Resort in a short period.

N. Korea releases US war veteran

North Korea Saturday deported an American veteran of the Korean War, two months after he was detained for "hostile acts" against the communist country. US officials said Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, arrived in Beijing after being freed. North Korea deported him "from a humanitarian viewpoint", its official Korean Central News Agency said, citing his "sincere repentance" as well as his age and health condition.

Detained US retiree's wife appeals to N. Korea

The wife of a US retiree detained in North Korea appealed Friday for Pyongyang to release her husband, as US authorities said they have so far been refused access to him. Merrill Newman, 85, was taken off a plane as he was about to leave the reclusive state nearly a month ago. His wife, Lee, called the detention "a misunderstanding" and demanded his return to an "anxious, concerned family." She said her husband of 56 years, a Korean war veteran, was finishing a 10-day tour of North Korea on October 26, "a trip he had looked forward to making for a long while."

Japanese repatriates visit burial site in Pyongyang

A group of former Japanese residents of what is now North Korea on Wednesday visited a site in the suburbs of Pyongyang which is believed to contain the remains of some 2,400 Japanese nationals. The 11-member delegation of the Kita Izoku Renraku Kai group offered silent prayers for those buried at the so-called Ryongsan Cemetery, about 15 kilometers northwest from central Pyongyang. The aim of the group is to retrieve the ashes of relatives who perished in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula around the end of World War II.
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