» 03/03/2015, 00.00
NORTH KOREA - CANADA
North Korea, Protestant pastor "missing" for over a month
The Rev. Lim Hyeon-soo, from the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto, was in the Asian country for a humanitarian visit. He was due to return February 4, but there has been no news of him since January 31. The religious leader has made more than 100 trips to the land of the Kim-regime.
Seoul (AsiaNews) - The pastor Lim Hyeon-soo, 60, has been
missing in North Korea for more than a month and there has been no news of him.
The religious leader arrived in the country last January 31, 2015 on a
humanitarian visit, and was due to return on 4 February. But since his entry
into the land of the Kim regime there has been no more information. The
spokesman of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto, Lisa Pak, says:
"We do not want to cause unnecessary hysteria. We only want to know if
The Rev. Lim (see photo) has made more than 100 trips to
North Korea, and is described as "entirely non-political". His visits
were all humanitarian in purpose, especially to aid the elderly and orphans. A Canadian
citizen, the man was born on the Korean Peninsula: however, his country of
adoption does not have a diplomatic presence in the country and has always
advised its citizens not to visit the DPRK.
Diplomatic sources believe his disappearance "for
the time being is not worrying" given that Pyongyang has issued a
restriction on entry visas lasting 21 days for fear of the Ebola virus. The
measure was withdrawn today. In addition, many experts note that the citizens
of countries "not directly opposed" to the regime, if arrested, are
The Australian missionary John Short, 75, was arrested February 16, 2014 on
charges of "distributing religious material"; March
3 he was released "for humanitarian reasons". The position of
US citizens is more complicated: the last two Americans to end up in the hands
of Pyongyang were
released after years and only thanks to intense diplomatic activity.
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