Open Doors USA Suggests Caution After Announcement of Korean War Ending
David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, reacts to the recent meeting between North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the announcement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and end the Korean War:
"Despite breathless rhetoric around what is nonetheless a historic moment, the world must remember that nothing yet has changed for the estimated 300,000 North Korean Christians who must live their faith in secret, or face imprisonment and death.
"Open Doors cautions that the smiling man who just crossed from North Korea to South Korea in today's ceremony is the same man who has ordered countless murders and imprisonments in a place the Open Doors World Watch List has ranked for 17 years as the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.
"I am hopeful true progress has been achieved, not only toward denuclearization—which is good for the entire world—but also away from a totalitarian state under which many North Korean Christians have suffered for decades, including more than 50,000 who are still in hard-labor camps. Let these first steps across the border take us down a road of lasting change for those who have suffered long enough."
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For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.