North Korea to expel Australian Christian missionary

SEOUL Sun Mar 2, 2014 6:31pm EST

Karen Short, wife of Australian missionary John Short, poses with a photo of her husband inside the Christian Book Room in Hong Kong February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Karen Short, wife of Australian missionary John Short, poses with a photo of her husband inside the Christian Book Room in Hong Kong February 20, 2014.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has decided to expel an Australian man who was arrested last month while working as a Christian missionary, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Monday.

KCNA said 75-yer-old John Short had admitted to violating North Korean law and apologized. It said North Korea had decided to expel him partly in consideration of his age.

(Reporting by Choonsik Yoo and Se Young Lee; Editing by Paul Tait)

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