May 19, 2024
Analysis

Christianity in North Korea: Behind state propaganda

Contrary to propaganda and state-approved churches, Christians are treated as an ideological threat to regime

An Uriminzokkiri video released last Wednesday featuring Chilgol Church in Pyongyang presents the image of the North Korean government as tolerant of religious practices.

In it, a Church minister explained Kim Il Sung's own apparent interest in the building – even though just weeks before North Korean authorities had arrested Jeffrey Fowle, a U.S. citizen, allegedly for leaving a bible in a Chongjin restaurant.

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