Detained S.Korean pastor criticizes
‘NIS puppet’ Christians
Apparently scripted statement
accuses NIS of
manipulating Christian churches, defaming the North
January 27th, 2016
South Korean pastor detained in North Korea appeared on North Korean television
said that Seoul’s National Intelligence Service has manipulated religious groups
for its own purposes.
Guk-ki, a China-based missionary detained in North Korea, argued on Uriminzokkiri
TV on Tuesday that churches in South Korea are under “NIS manipulation.”
groups engage in the anti-DPRK strategy and human rights smear campaign under
manipulation from the NIS,” said Kim. He added that the “luring and re-educating
of defectors” is being carried out systemically in China by religious groups
with NIS support.
said that educated defectors working for the NIS provide false testimony at
a “sacred place,” citing Ju Sun-yong as an example. Ju was previously a movie
star in North Korea, known for her four defections and two returns to the North.
Ju currently works as a missionary testifying of her experience all around the
said church is where anyone can convey “the most fabricated information in
the most effective way as people from different backgrounds stay temporarily.”
He said religious group do not consider “taking defectors to NIS” -something
he used to do-a crime.
a message to the church, he said that South Korean Christian leaders should
“send a letter of official apology to the DPRK,” for defaming North Korea’s
Ministry of State Security and supreme leadership.
has been detained in the North with his companion Choe Chun-gil since May 2015.
They were arrested for “anti-state” behavior and sentenced to life in prison
in June. Prior to this, they are known to have gone over to North Korea from
Dandong in China in December 2014 with invitations from the North.
experienced pastor involved in North Korean defections raised the possibility
that Kim had been kidnapped or lured to enter.
are quite a lot of missionaries in China who want to enter North Korea,” Chun
Ki-won, a pastor of Durihana Church told NK News.
illegal to go as a South Korean national, but some do with an ‘unofficial invitation.’
Kim was likely lured by a defector acquaintance to stay there temporarily.”
the video, Kim keeps looking down as if reading from a script. Chun said it
is not surprising as North Korea can, as defectors have said, “make dead people
believe he was no doubt threatened to make testimony before the camera. I feel
sorry about it,” Chun said.
the Ministry of Unification’s spokesperson Jeong Joon-hee told reporters at
a press briefing on Wednesday, that the ministry finds the North’s fabrications,
relayed by Kim in the video, “regrettable.” Jeong also encouraged the release
of other detainees.
Image: Uriminzokkiri TV