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Pyongyang Sentences S. Korean 'Spy' to Life

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FILE - Kim Jung-uk, a South Korean Baptist missionary, speaks during a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea.

FILE - Kim Jung-uk, a South Korean Baptist missionary, speaks during a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean media say a South Korean Christian missionary has been sentenced to life at hard labor after being convicted of several charges, including setting up an underground church and espionage.

The official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday that South Korean Kim Jong-uk admitted his guilt at a trial held on Friday.

Pyongyang says Kim crossed into North Korea from China and was arrested in October. He appeared on North Korean TV in February and said he had received assistance from South Korea's intelligence agency.

He also apologized for committing crimes against the North.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service has insisted that Kim is not an agent.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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