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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian missionary detained in North Korea for trying to spread Christianity says he was interrogated for four hours a day.

North Korea deported 75-year-old John Short on Monday after holding him for 13 days, saying he had apologized for anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness.

Short said in a statement Wednesday to Australian Associated Press that recounting Biblical scripture helped him endure the "long and grueling investigation."

He said he was interrogated for two hours each morning, and then for two more hours each afternoon.

Short, who has lived in Hong Kong since 1964, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

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