Christians who want to visit or work in North Korea should take note of the recent detention of two professors at Pyongang University of Science and Technology (PUST). Both professors were in North Korea purely for teaching North Korea’s elite. However, PUST has strong ties to evangelicals around the world. Voice of America said, “But their connections to the Christian-funded school and North Korea’s precedent of charging missionaries with ‘hostile acts’ suggest the pretext of illicit religious activities may be used to justify their arrests.” Meaning, whether or not Christians engage in any sort of proselytizing, their religious ties, or perhaps even the possibility of religious activity, may be enough to get them imprisoned in North Korea. North Korea may have between 30,000 and 70,000 Christians imprisoned for their faith.
5/12/2017 China (VOA) – The recent detention of two American educators by North Korean authorities is raising questions about whether the Christian-funded academy where they taught should be operating in this highly repressive state, where proselytizing is a serious crime.
North Korean state media confirmed this week that Kim Hak-song, a Chinese-Korean and naturalized U.S. citizen, who was working as an agriculture researcher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), was arrested on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state.
A PUST accounting instructor, Kim Sang Dok, a U.S. citizen who also goes by the name Tony Kim, was arrested in April on the same vague charges at the Pyongyang International Airport.