North Korea: Christian professor arrested for allegedly ‘being hostile to state’

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North Korea arrests another Christian professor from the U.S. over charges of allegedly being hostile to state. Professor Kim Hak Song was detained on May 6, Saturday. He is the fourth American to be arrested by the North Korean state.

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The arrested Professor Kim Hak Song is associated with Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. A North Korean news agency KCNA revels: “A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it.”

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Following his arrest, the U.S. State Department released a statement clarifying that it is aware that Professor Kim has been detained in North Korea. “The security of U.S. citizens is one of the department’s highest priorities,” a U.S. State Department representative said in the statement. “When a U.S. citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang.”

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology has a faculty that is consists mostly of evangelical Christians. The curriculum harbors subjects that are disapproved. Previously, last month another American professor from the same university was detained just when he was attempting to leave North Korea. PUST’s chancellor Chan-Mo Park said that the Korean-American teacher Tony Kim, was arrested for his activities including helping an orphanage.