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DPRK releases Australian missionary arrested last month

English.news.cn   2014-03-03 15:50:18

SYDNEY, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Australian consular officials are arranging Australian missionary John Short's return to his Hong Kong home after his release from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), local media reported on Monday.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop thanked Swedish authorities in Pyongyang who made representations on Australia's behalf, seeking Short's release, the Australian Associated Press ( AAP) reported.

"We are grateful that he is out of North Korea (DPRK)," Bishop told AAP.

But she warned other Australians considering a visit to the DPRK that Australia does not have a diplomatic presence there.

"Our ability to assist Australians who get into trouble is limited," she said.

Short was greeted by Australian officials on his arrival in Beijing on Monday morning.

He was ushered by Australian officials into a waiting car and driven to an undisclosed location, according to AAP.

The 75-year-old Australian missionary was arrested in Pyongyang in mid-February for allegedly distributing religious material.

Short's wife Karen said that she is thankful that he has been released.

"I'm very happy. I'm very thankful," she told AAP.

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SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's Unification Ministry on Thursday expressed regrets over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s detainment of a South Korean missionary who was arrested four months ago.

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PYONGYANG, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) expelled an Australian missionary accused of repeatedly committing "anti-DPRK" religious acts, the country's official news agency KCNA reported on Monday.P John Alexander Short, who was arrested on Feb. 18 for his "hostile acts" by spreading Bible tracts, admitted his crimes and pleaded for mercy, said the KCNA. Full story

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