Report: North Korea Sets Up Fake Underground Churches to Expose Christians
The North Korean government is reportedly
setting up fake underground churches and disguising national security
agents as defectors to expose Christians, reported a North Korea-focused
online news agency.
The Daily NK, established by long-time
activists who have been working to change North Korea, claims that a
portion of underground churches existing in North Korea are disguised
churches controlled by North Korea’s National Security Agency.
“The fact that North Korea government
formed a fake underground church with National Security Agency agents was
revealed as the truth,” an inside source told the Daily NK.
According to the source, NSA agents
disguise themselves as defectors and approach Korean church organizations
based in China to receive Bibles and money. After they receive funds by
claiming to church organizations that they are engaging in mission
activities, they start up secret churches beginning with NSA agents and
then concentrate their efforts to arrest real secret churches connected
The Daily NK’s inside source said they
verified this fact with an NSA-related member. Among NSA agents, the
operation is an open secret.
The fake underground church is receiving
funds from Korean churches that do not know the reality of the situation,
the inside source claimed.
If the Korean church is not stricter about
the security regarding the underground church support project and
underground church member circumstances then they will fill up the
stomachs of NSA agents and cause damage to the underground church, the
North Korea, one of the most repressive
regimes in the world, has been criticized for the systemic, widespread and
serious violations of human rights that reportedly take place in the
country as well as the government’s refusal to cooperate with the U.N.
human rights commissioner or special investigator.
The communist state has also been
criticized for its all pervasive and severe restrictions on freedom of
expression, religion, assembly and movement, its imposition of the death
penalty for political reasons, the detention of thousands in prison camps,
the punishment and torture of border-crossers, and the maltreatment of
people with disabilities.
North Korea is ranked by the international
ministry Open Doors as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t neglect all the
persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. Under gird
them with prayer!
Volume 4, 2008