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Australia has no details on whereabouts of missionary captured in North Korea

Published on Feb 27, 2014 11:18 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia said it remained in the dark on the whereabouts or wellbeing of a Christian missionary detained in North Korea after leaving a pamphlet in a Buddhist temple.

Hong Kong-based Australian citizen John Short, 75, was taken from his Pyongyang hotel by police earlier this month for allegedly distributing Korean-language Christian pamphlets and attempting to proselytise.

Canberra has been working on the case via the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which represents its interests in the absence of diplomatic relations between Australia and North Korea.

Mr Justin Brown, head of the foreign office's consular section, said their inquiries into his health or whereabouts had so far yielded little.

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