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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

SEOUL — North Korea said on Wednesday it was expelling an American aid worker for engaging in what it said was a conspiracy against the state.

The North's official KCNA news agency said the U.S. citizen it named as Sandra Suh had "produced pictures and videos with an aversion to the Republic under the disguise of 'humanitarianism' and used them" in a propaganda campaign against the country."

It added: "Sandra Suh admitted ... her criminal activities and apologized, seeking generous forgiveness. Out of generosity, the related agency took into consideration her age and decided to expel her from its territory."

KCNA did not give her affiliation, but Los Angeles-based Wheat Mission Ministries says on its website that Sandra Suh began the group's work in 1989 to aid North Koreans, and that it was formally established as a non-profit organization in 2005.

KCNA said Suh had visited the country a number of times since 1998 and its authorities recently conducted an investigation into her activities.


— Reuters