US missionary freed by North Korea heads home

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 6, 2010 09:44

BEIJING — Looking pale and drawn, an American missionary was on his way home Saturday after being freed by North Korea, which detained him for illegally crossing its border from China on Christmas Day.

Robert Park, his eyes almost closed, made no comment as US consular officials guided him to a transit area after his arrival in Beijing's airport from North Korea.

US Embassy spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said Park would leave later in the day for the United States.

"We welcome North Korea's release of Robert Park," Stevenson said.

North Korea announced Friday it would free Park, saying he had shown "sincere repentance." Park was detained 43 days.


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