Kim Jung-wook, a South Korean Baptist missionary, was arrested last year after trying to start underground churches in North Korea. Now, Kim Jong-un is calling for the execution of 33 Christians who had contact with him.
The 33 Christians are being charged with trying to overthrow the government just for having contact with Kim Jung-wook. It is reported that in a cell at the State Security Department is where they will be put to death. They have been handed the same charge as Kim Jong-Un's uncle, Jang Song-thaek, which led to his and his family's execution last year.
Kim Jung-wook held a press conference where he apologized for "anti-state" crimes then appealed to the North Korean leader to be released. Kim Jung-wook said he had help from South Korea's intelligence agency. "I was thinking of turning North Korea into a religious country, and destroying its present government and political system. I received money from the intelligence services and followed instructions from them, and arranged North Koreans to act as their spies. And I also set up an underground church in China, in Dandong, and got the members to talk and write, for me to collect details about the reality of life in North Korea, and I provided this to intelligence services."
Along with these executions, there are rumors about Choe Ryong Hae's upcoming execution. He is Kim Jong-Un's second in command and has not been seen at public events lately. It is reported that he has been jailed after managing several state-owned industries. This may have displeased Kim Jong-Un which led to Choe's arrest. He is currently being interrogated but his fate is still unknown. In 2013, there have been between 40 and 80 public mass executions, giving Kim Jong-Un a reputation for brutality.