Kim Kuk-gi | North Korea

Source: Release International

One of two South Korean men detained late last year by the North Korean government on charges of espionage is Presbyterian pastor, Kim Kuk-gi, who has dedicated much of the past 13 years to helping North Korean defectors in China. 

On March 26, 2015, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency described the two men, Kim and Choe Chun-gil, as ‘heinous terrorists’ who operated from a base in the Chinese city of Dandong. ‘They zealously took part in an anti-DPRK [anti-North Korea] smear campaign’, said KCNA, alleging their activities were organised by US intelligence and the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS). The two men were presented at a ‘press conference’ in Pyongyang attended by journalists and foreign diplomats. Kim was also accused of spreading ‘religious propaganda’ from an ‘underground church’ he ran in Dandong. 

Following the North Korean state news agency’s announcement, the Seoul-based General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in Korea (GAPCK) identified Kim Kuk-gi as one of their own registered pastors and demanded that he be released. A representative from the Presbyterian assembly said, ‘He was carrying out missionary works for North Korean defectors in [the Chinese port city of] Dandong. He bought noodle and tofu-making machines to send to the North, as well as sewing machines’. 

In a further statement GAPCK provided some detail on who Kim’s ministry in Dandong was helping and contended that North Korea had clearly violated international human rights laws by detaining the pastor against his will. ‘Kim Kuk-gi was sent as a missionary… to Dandong in China in 2003, and since then, he has been operating a ‘‘shelter for refugees,’’ and has been taking care of refugees, Kotjebi (North Korean homeless children) and Korean immigrants living in China,’ GAPCK stated. They also asked if people would pray for Pastor Kim’s safe return.

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Source: Release International One of two South Korean men detained late last year by the North Korean government on charges of espionage is Presbyterian pastor, Kim Kuk-gi, who has dedicated much of the past 13 years to helping North Korean defectors in China.  On March 26, 2015, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency described the […]

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The Voice of the Martyrs

PO Box 5482

Papanui 

Christchurch 8542

Time in prison:

In prison for 1389 days

Charged with:

“accused of spreading religious propaganda from an underground church he ran in Dandong.”

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