November30 , 2022

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    The world had high hopes for a peaceful future when the historic Inter-Korean Summit happened on April 27, 2018. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met for the first time and signed a peace agreement. However, Christians in North Korea revealed that, “This is not what we’ve been praying for.”

    Voice of the Martyrs disclosed that Christians still live in fear and are hiding their faith. Persecution is still prevalent in the hermit country.

    Eric Foley of Voice of the Martyrs Korea said the peace summit focused on denuclearization and not on Pyongyang’s human rights violations against its own citizens, reports Mission Network News.

    VOM secretly communicates with North Korean Christians. Following the peace talks, the Christians said they welcome the signed declaration to end the Korean War, but they were praying for things related to North Korea. They disclosed that Christians still live in fear and are hiding their faith. Persecution is still prevalent in the hermit country.

    Foley said, “They [Christians] know that peace can only come about from transformation of the human heart, and nothing about the transformation of the human heart is rooted in this current conversation.”

    Christian organization Open Doors still considers North Korea as the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.

    He revealed that the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula didn’t bring anything new to the table. The content of the agreement, even the wording, is the same as the agreement signed during one of the first Inter-Korean Summits in 1991.

    Christian organization Open Doors still considers North Korea as the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian. The recent peace summit only focused on the issue of nuclear weapons in the peninsula, and not the Koreans’ religious freedom, according to Evangelical Focus.

    Pastor Young Ae Kim from a Korean church in Spain, revealed that “true Christians are not there and the five recognized churches in Pyongyang are government propaganda.”

    Zigor Aldama, from the media Spanish group Vocento said, “The situation of Christians would always be a domestic issue.”

    Pyongyang has released information about the official churches in the country. The North Korean Christian Federation, a church officially recognized by the Kim regime, claimed to have 10,000 members.

    However, Pastor Young Ae Kim from a Korean church in Spain, revealed that “true Christians are not there and the five recognized churches in Pyongyang are government propaganda.”

    The minister said there are still many Christian leaders in South Korea who are optimistic about the effects of the peace talks to their brothers and sisters in the North.

    Sources:
    Mission Network News
    Evangelical Focus