South Korea has concluded an agreement with the Taliban to have the hostages released in exchange for a promise all South Korean soldiers will leave Afghanistan before the end of the year. Actually, South Korea had already planned on this withdrawal of its 200 soldiers. South Korea also promised to cease missionary activity in Afghanistan. Many people in South Korea have been upset that Christian missionaries went to Afghanistan knowing full well there was strong opposition to their presence.
This is definitely not the time or place to engage in missionary work. These missionaries undoubtedly meant well, but they placed themselves and their nation in a precarious situation.