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ICC Note: North Korean Christians do not find the historic summit between the two Koreas last month satisfactory. “This is not what we’ve been praying for,” they said. A serious focus on North Korea’s violation of human rights and religious freedom was lacking at Panmunjom. Without addressing the human rights aspect, there could never be true peace in the Korean Peninsula.  

05/04/2018 North Korea (Mission Network News) – Last Friday was called a historic day when North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met for the first time.

The world praised the Inter-Korean Summit as a critical step towards peace. But Eric Foley with Voice of the Martyrs Korea says it’s an empty peace focused on denuclearization and ignoring North Korea’s human rights violations against its people.

VOM Korea’s underground network is in touch with North Korean Christians. Foley shares, “Over the weekend, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of North Korean Christians and ask them the question, ‘What do you think?’ Their response is that they are very surprised that believers in the rest of the world have set aside the things we’ve been praying for related to North Korea and are receiving the current circumstances as kind of an answer to prayer.”

“Their comment is this: ‘This is not what we’ve been praying for.’”

At the Inter-Korean Summit, Moon and Kim signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders promised in this declaration to end the Korean War.

The signed agreement also included commitments to establish a joint liaison office between the two Koreas, reunite separated families, update railways and roads between Seoul and Sinuiju, cease all hostile acts against one another, and create a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

However, Foley says these terms are really nothing new. “If we look back to the newspaper articles from 1991, I pulled up a newspaper article from the New York Times 1991 from one of the first Inter-Korean Summits and it was amazing how almost exact the wording was between the present summit and that particular meeting. In other words, although the faces of the leaders have changed, the promises remained the same.”

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