Activist Speaks Out About Ordeal in N.Korea

      October 27, 2010 12:31

      Robert Park

      The evangelical activist Robert Park, who was detained in North Korea for 43 days after crossing the border from China in December last year, has spoken for the first time on South Korean TV about the ordeal. "They have really thought about this. How can we kill these people, how can we starve these people, how can we enslave these people, how can we control these people," the Korean American told KBS on Tuesday.

      He pledged to devote the rest of his life to fighting for the demise of the North Korean regime and the human rights of North Koreans.

      Park recalled how he crossed the Duman (or Tumen) River on Dec. 25 last year, and was immediately arrested and beaten. "The scars and wounds of the things that happened to me in North Korea are too intense," he said. He added that to prevent him from divulging the details of his detention, the security forces carried out humiliating sexual torture. "As a result of what happened to me in North Korea, I've thrown away any kind of personal desire. I will never, you know, be able to have a marriage or any kind of relationship."

      He attempted a suicide immediately after he returned to the United States and had to be treated by a psychiatrist for seven months.

      Park insisted that an apology he read on North Korean TV was dictated to him. Asked why he decided to enter the North illegally armed with nothing but a Bible, he said, "I hoped through my sacrifice, that people will come together and they will liberate North Korea."

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