Korean American missionary Robert Park is besieged by journalists at the Beijing Capital Airport after being freed from detention by North Korea. The 28 year old entered North Korea from China last Christmas by walking across the frozen Tumen River, carrying a letter to Kim Jong Il asking him to close down concentration camps and release all political prisoners. A report by the DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency claims that Park attended a church service in Pyongyang, whereupon it suddenly dawned on him that “the DPRK people can read and believe whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want” and that he has since “seriously repented of the wrong I committed, taken in by the West’s false propaganda”. Sinologistical Violoncellist notes that police in Yanbian appear now to be trying to track down Park’s collaborator in Yanji and that while the media circus surrounded Park in Beijing on Friday, Kim Jong Il was busy watching Russian opera. [h/t to Danwei]
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