Arab Today, arab today detained canadian pastor confesses at pyongyang church service
Last Updated : GMT 04:41:50
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Detained Canadian pastor 'confesses' at Pyongyang church service

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Detained Canadian pastor 'confesses' at Pyongyang church service

Canadian reverend Hyeon Soo Lim
Seoul - AFP

North Korea on Monday released video footage of a detained Canadian pastor attending church in Pyongyang and admitting to unspecified subversion charges levelled after his arrest in January.

Uploaded to the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from state media, the video showed Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim attending a Sunday service at the capital's Pongsu Church.

"I committed the gravest crime of insulting and defaming the top dignity and the leadership of the republic," Lim, using a microphone, said in an address to the small congregation that included a number of foreigners.

The pastor from the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto was detained by North Korean authorities in January after arriving from China.

A few days ago, North Korean state media said Lim had admitted to carrying out "subversive plots" and attempting to "build a religious state" in North Korea.

Pyongyang views foreign missionaries with deep suspicion, though it allows some to undertake humanitarian work.

A number of Christian missionaries -- mostly ethnic Koreans who are US citizens -- have been arrested in the past with some of them only allowed to return home after intervention by high-profile US political figures.  

Although religious freedom is enshrined in the North's constitution, it does not exist in practice and religious activities are restricted to officially recognised groups linked to the government.

In the video released on Monday, Lim, clad in a dark suit and looking down at pieces of paper he was holding, said he had been "brainwashed" by anti-communist propaganda and "extreme religious education".

Lim has led many aid missions to the impoverished North involving work with orphanages and food plants, according to other missionaries.

Foreigners detained by the North Korean authorities are habitually required to make public, officially-scripted pronouncements of their guilt in order to help secure their eventual release.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today detained canadian pastor confesses at pyongyang church service Arab Today, arab today detained canadian pastor confesses at pyongyang church service

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today detained canadian pastor confesses at pyongyang church service Arab Today, arab today detained canadian pastor confesses at pyongyang church service

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Airbus CEO says won't cling to job

GMT 06:52 2017 Monday ,16 October

Airbus CEO says won't cling to job
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Israeli court convicts Palestinians of 2016

GMT 04:39 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Israeli court convicts Palestinians of 2016
Arab Today, arab today Iran's Facebook shuts down

GMT 23:50 2017 Monday ,16 October

Iran's Facebook shuts down
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman
Arab Today, arab today India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 18:49 2017 Monday ,16 October

India to close colonial-era military farms
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars

GMT 08:17 2017 Friday ,13 October

Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Arab Today, arab today Safaa Sultan happy for “Love School”

GMT 10:55 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Safaa Sultan happy for “Love School”
Arab Today, arab today Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 12:02 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 10:19 2017 Wednesday ,11 October

Bosy reveals behind her participation in festival

GMT 10:37 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Cara Delevingne accuses Weinstein

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Chad extends key conservation area

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 12:25 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Squeeze on UK health gives advanced

GMT 07:16 2017 Friday ,13 October

Lufthansa to swallow lion's share

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 03:59 2017 Sunday ,15 October

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday