US Missionary Robert Park Freed by North Korea: Detained 6 Weeks
American missionary Robert Park has been freed by the North Korean government, after being held for the last six weeks for illegally crossing their border.
Robert Park, appearing pale and drawn, did not say anything as U.S. consular officials escorted him from the North Korean plane at Beijing's airport. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said Park would leave later in the day for the United States.
Park crossed over North Korea's border on Christmas day, determined to deliver a letter to Kim Jong II, speaking of "Christ's love and forgiveness."
A South Korean Web site in December posted a copy of the letter it said Park was trying to deliver to Kim, urging the North Korean leader to free political prisoners and
"open your borders so that we may bring food, provisions, medicine, necessities and assistance to those who are struggling to survive."
KCNA, North Korea's official news agency reported on Friday that they "decided to leniently forgive and release him, taking his admission and sincere repentance of his wrongdoings into consideration."
Park's family pastor Reverend Madison Shockley said his parents were very happy, but almost in shock. "The mother will only truly believe it when he is in her arms."
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