Kim Jong-Un Sentences 33 Christians to Death

Sentenced to be executed inside a secret cell for working with a South Korean Baptist missionary

Brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of 33 Korean Christians for setting up 500 underground churches with South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook.

The Daily Mail reports that Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution over the suspicion that this small group of Christians were "attempting to overthrow" his regime, thereby undermining North Korea's doctrine of "juche" -- where decisions for the country are made en masse and to "prevent the influx of capitalist practices and beliefs."  

The Baptist missionary, Kim Jung-wook, was jailed in 2013 for the same crime, underground churches, and appeared at a press conference recently where he "apologized for committing 'anti-state' crimes." He said he had entered North Korea from China with Bibles and other Christian media with intent to distribute them in Pyongyang. During the press conference Jung-wook "confessed" his crime:

I was thinking of turning North Korea into a religious country, and destroying its present government and political system.

The 33 North Koreans are said to have confessed that they received money from Jung-wook and that he wanted them to build a church in Pyongyang on the site where a statue of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-Sung, stands after the regime falls, according to The Chosun Ilbo.

The Chosun Ilbo reports that Jung-wook was "paraded" at the press conference in order to claim that "underground churches are sedition cells funded by South Korea's National Intelligence Service."

Kim Jong-un ordered this execution to take place inside a secret cell at the State Security Department and intends this to send a message to other Christians attempting to establish underground churches.

The Chosun Ilbo stated in 2013 that for the 11th straight year, North Korea has been dubbed "Worst Oppressor of Christians," estimating that up to 70,000 Christians are suffering in prison camps.


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