What does the third inter-Korean summit mean for 300,000 persecuted Christians?

On September 18, South Korea leader Moon Jae-in was the first sitting president to cross the border into North Korea since 2007 – making the trip for his second meeting with Kim Jong-un since April.

According to CNBC, the two are coming together to discuss strengthening ties between the two countries and denuclearization. In April, Kim Jong-un called the first summit a “starting point” and pledged a “new history” in North Korea’s relationship with South Korea.

The three-day summit comes on the heels of President Trump’s recent announcement that he, too, will meet again face-to-face with Kim Jong-un after the North Korean leader sent a letter, seeking a meeting.

These continuing conversations spur three questions:

  • What do these ongoing discussions mean for the 300,000 Christians who are forced to keep their faith a secret?
  • What will the denuclearization and peace talks do to help expedite the release of over 50,000 Christians suffering in hard labor camps because they believe in Jesus?
  • Will we see more intellectual and religious freedom in the North in response to these ongoing discussions with the South and later with the U.S.?

What we’ve seen so far is that there are no immediate answers. Many hoped there would be as news of the first summits between South Korea and the U.S. were announced earlier this year. It is still possible that these visits are the beginning of decades of answered prayers to relieve some of the pressure on persecuted believers in the North.

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