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North Korean man, Kim Seung-mo faces spy charges after visiting with Christian relatives in China. On June 3rd, Kim Seung-mo was arrested and dragged out in front of Wiyon train station in North Korea because of his contact with Christians during his visit to China. All travelers are required to report their whereabouts and because Kim Seung-mo did not report that his relatives were churchgoers, he was arrested and violently assaulted by authorities upon his return.

06/08/2017 China (UCA News) North Korean authorities have arrested a man on spying charges for having contact with Christians while visiting relatives in China, sources inside the isolated country said.

Kim Seung-mo, a 61-year-old resident of Hyesan city in Yanggang province, was arrested on June 3 after returning from visiting relatives in China, they said.

“I witnessed him being dragged by state security officials in front of Wiyon train station,” one source told Radio Free Asia.

Kim was shackled and tied with rope as he was dragged out from a town behind Wiyon brewery, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There were obvious signs of violent assault because the man had split lips and black eyes, and he appeared to have sustained an injury to one of his legs, the source said.

A second source who lives in Yanggang province said the man’s relatives are said to be residing in Antu, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, in northeastern China’s Jilin province

“After he came back from China, he openly told his neighbors that his relatives attended a Christian church, and the church’s pastor collected many used clothes from parishioners for him,” said the source who requested anonymity.

“It seems like someone informed state security agents about him,” he added.

The Ministry of State Security, which reports directly to leader Kim Jong Un, is the regime’s secret police force. It is known for its brutality and human rights abuses, experts say.

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