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Millions of people in North Korea are simply victims of a dictatorship that has ruled their country for over 70 years. According to Robert Par, a Korean-American human rights activist who was detained and tortured in North Korea in 2009, there is a large number of underground Christian churches in North Korea and Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the country. In spite of the risk, there are approximately 400,000 Christians in North Korea who practice their faith in secret.

 

 10/18/2017 China  (SCMP) – A Korean-American human rights activist who was tortured while being detained in North Korea for 43 days from late 2009 has written an open letter to US President Donald Trump urging him not to launch military strikes against the reclusive nation because of the potential loss of innocent life.

In the letter, Robert Park called on Trump to consider the lives of millions of North Koreans who are not part of Kim Jong-un’s regime and who have merely had the misfortune to be born in a country that has been under the control of the same dynastic dictatorship for more than 70 years.

Similarly, the blameless people of the South would inevitably be subjected to the fallout of any conflict on the Korean peninsula, whether that were a conventional conflict or a nuclear war, Park said.

“I sincerely beg – whatever you decide to do in concert

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