North Korea talks need to include Religous Freedom issues.

By July 26, 2005

North Korea (MNN)–Today, in Beijing, world leaders are in talks over North Korea’s ambitious nuclear weapons program.

Open Doors’ Jerry Dykstra says North Korea’s regime leaders see Christianity as a great threat to their power. That’s why this is a good time for believers to speak out while the world leaders are together. “What Open Doors and others are urging is that they not only look at the nuclear program in North Korea, but also, at the human rights and religious freedom violations. North Korea stands number one on the World Watch list, put out by Open Doors.”

North Korea has headed the list as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians for three years’ running. According to Open Doors, the government will arrest not only a suspected dissident but also three generations of his family to root out the ‘bad influence.’

According to Dykstra, tens of thousands of Christians are believed to be suffering in North Korean prison camps, where they face cruel abuses. North Korea is suspected to detain more political and religious prisoners than any other country in the world.

Even so, Dykstra says their support will continue. “I know ministry is happening in North Korea. In fact, we know that it’s expanding. Just like in China, where there’s house churches and great ministry going on.”

Open Doors USA President Dr.Carl Moeller urges people, “Join me in praying that these freedom issues will also be part of the agenda. We as Christians need to support our brothers and sisters in North Korea.”

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