North Korea Deports Australian Detainee
kpopluv, March 3, 2014, 2:03 p.m.
North Korea has decided to release John Alexander Short from Australia just this week, thus resulting in their 2nd act of ‘compassion’ in recent months. Short was detailed and held accountable for acts of trying to overthrow the government with religious tactics. After he "deeply apologized for criminal acts," North Korea has decided to deport him.
Short was arrested last month when he entered the country as a tourist, and decided to distribute Bible tracts at a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang on February 16th, the day of the North’s former leader Kim Jong-il’s birthday.
"The relevant organ decided to expel him from the territory of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) ... in full consideration of his age," the KCNA said in an English dispatch. "He admitted that his activities were criminal acts hurting the Korean people's absolute trust in their leader ... and deeply apologized for what he had done," the state media remarked.
Short apparently apologized on his own behalf, which was then published by the KCNA. "I now realize the seriousness of my insult to the Korean people on February 16th because I made the Korean people angry and for this I truly apologize ... I request the forgiveness of the DPRK for my actions," Short stated.
"I realize that the mass media of the United States and the western countries who say that the DPRK is the closed country and has no religious freedoms is inaccurate and wrong."
North Korea has also deported and released Merrill Newman, 85-year old U.S. citizen, who was held in custody for alleged ‘hostile acts.’
The rest of the world is waiting to hear what will occur with Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, was has been held in custody for over a year, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the communist country.