Kim Shin-jo

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Kim Shin-jo (left) with the South Korean Han Moo-hyup (center).

Kim Shin-jo is one of two survivors of the 31-person team of North Korean commandos sent to assassinate the then president of South Korea, Park Chung-hee, in the Blue House raid in January 1968.[1]

The only other survivor, Pak Jae-gyong, made it back to the North, but Kim Shin-jo was captured by South Korean forces. He was interrogated for a year by the South Korean authorities before being released and after he became a citizen of South Korea in 1970, his parents were executed and his relatives purged by North Korean authorities.[2][3]

Kim later became a pastor at Sungrak Sambong church in Gyeonggi-do. He has a wife and two children.[4]


  1. ^ Flora Lewis (February 18, 1968). "Seoul Feels a Cold Wind From the North". New York Times.
  2. ^ Sunny Lee (February 27, 2008). "What would Jesus do to North Korea?". Asia Times.
  3. ^ John M. Glionna (July 18, 2010). "The face of South Korea's boogeyman". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ McDonald, Mark (December 17, 2010). "Failed North Korean Assassin Assimilates in the South". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2014.