WASHINGTON — Christian missionary and U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae was finally released, two years after being imprisoned by the North Korean regime. But, Bae’s imprisonment has deterred Christian groups working in North Korea from conducting their work.
Reuters reported both North Korea and China have clamped down on the Christian groups, which try to help refugees, after Bae’s imprisonment. These groups have been forced to go underground to stay safe, as a result.
Bae was arrested and imprisoned in November 2012 while giving a tour to Christian students at a North Korea border crossing. The North Korean government accused Bae of illegal religious activity and trying to topple the country’s regime.
Bae was released this past week, and the media was told he would not be conducting interviews.