Saturday, December 26, 2009

Korean-American activist enters North Korea

A US human rights activist trying to raise global attention about the suffering of the North Korean people has crossed into the reclusive state. There has been no comment from North Korea, which usually arrests foreign border crossers on site, or from US officials.

Activists told Reuters that Robert Park, 28, had crossed into North Korea from China on Friday, while South Korea's Yonhap news agency and the Kukmin Ilbo newspaper saying he had crossed at a sparsely patrolled point near the northeast border city of Hoeryong.

Mr Park was quoted by activists who went with him to the border as shouting when he went across: 'I am an American citizen. I am bringing God's love. God loves you.' The activists asked not to be named due to security concerns.

Mr Park told Reuters in Seoul earlier this week that he saw it as his duty as a Christian to make the journey and did not want the US government to try to free him.

Mr Park said on Wednesday, “Until the concentration camps are liberated, I do not want to come out. If I have to die with them, I will. (For) these innocent men, women and children, as Christians, we need to take the cross for them. The cross means that we sacrifice our lives for the redemption of others.”


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