In his second trip to North Korea, Australian Christian missionary John Short, 75, was not able to spread the message of the Gospel or hand out very many Bibles translated to Korean. This time, he was arrested.
Australia does not have diplomatic relations with the communist country but will through South Korea to negotiate for Short. It may be futile as a similar incident occurred with American missionary Kenneth Bae. After being convicted for trying to overthrow the state, Bae is over a year into a 15-year sentence and is currently performing hard labor.
Short’s wife remains in Australia and says that it is now in “God’s hands”.
According to Reuters:
Beijing Tourism Group, a Chinese firm identified by Short’s wife as the agency running the tour on which her husband went to Pyongyang, was non-committal when contacted by Reuters, and referred queries to the Chinese government.
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