Son of Imprisoned American in North Korea Calls for Prayers and Help

ICC Note: Sol Kim is the son of Kim SangDuck, an American who was arrested by North Korean officials in Pyongyang in April 2017. In a recent YouTube video, he calls for help to bring his dad and two other detained Americans home by spreading the word on social media, and contacting Congress. All three American detainees are believed to be Christians, and their faith may be a factor in their detention by North Korea.

02/13/2018 North Korea (Christian Post) – Christian pastors David Platt and Kevin DeYoung have joined others in sharing a video where the son of an American prisoner being held in North Korea pleads for help from the public.

“Just miles from where the Olympics are being held, this son’s dad is detained in #NorthKorea. Please listen to this video, pray, spread the word, and contact Congress regarding his release,” Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, wrote in a tweet last week.

The video features Sol Kim, the son of American prisoner Kim SangDuck, otherwise known as Tony Kim, who was arrested by North Korean officials in Pyongyang in April 2017.

DeYoung, who is senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthew, North Carolina, also linked to the video and told Christians: “Worth two minutes to watch and pray.”

Sol Kim explains in the YouTube video, uploaded by campaign group Free USA 3, in reference to the three Americans in prison, that his father had just finished his semester as a professor in North Korea when he was arrested at the airport.

“No explanation was given. My family and I have had no contact with him since. He has not been charged with any crime, and we don’t know what is happening to him,” Kim said.

There has only been one confirmed report of anyone seeing his father alive, and that was seven months ago, when U.S. State Department officials visited North Korea to bring back Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was imprisoned by North Korea for over 17 months. Warmbier was in a coma when he was released and died within a week.

“My mom, my brother and I miss our dad so much. We’re so worried about him and his health. I do want to say thank you to my friends and family who have supported us over these past nine months. These are hard days for our family,” Kim said.

Kim wanted to let his father know that he will soon be a grandfather, as his brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child.

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