By UCA News
A Korean-American man who says he has been detained as a prisoner in North Korea on espionage charges has been identified as a Christian missionary and a pastor who has worked in the United States and China, the Christian Post reported.
On Jan. 11, CNN broadcasted an exclusive interview with a man named Kim Dong-chul in Pyongyang who said he has was arrested more than three months ago for allegedly spying on North Korea’s nuclear program.
Although the U.S. State Department has refused to confirm Kim’s detention in Pyongyang, Kim told CNN that when he was arrested, authorities seized his USB drive and documents detailing North Korea’s nuclear program.
Although Kim admitted to obtaining North Korean nuclear files by bribing a man with military access, he asserts that he was not spying for the U.S. government but on behalf of “South Korean conservative elements.” He called on the U.S. or South Korea to rescue him.