Monday, January 18, 2010

North Korean defector held for assisting American activist Robert Park slip into North Korea

Chosun Ilbo reports that a North Korean defector, now holding South Korean citizenship, identified only as Kim, has been arrested in China for helping an evangelical activist Robert Park cross into North Korea in an eye-catching stunt to call for human rights there.

"We've confirmed through various channels that Kim, who was staying at a hideout in Yanji, Jilin Province, was arrested by Chinese police last Friday," Kim Sung-min, the head of defector-run station Free North Korea Radio, said Sunday,

Kim was reportedly arrested in possession of video footage of Robert Park's Christmas Eve crossing of the frozen Tumen River, which marks China's border with the North.

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