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The Summit- Pageantry or Progress?


The Summit - Pageantry or Progress?

The much anticipated 12 June Summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and U.S. President Donald Trump was scrutinized by curious but doubtful eyes around the world. Both leaders seemed cordial to one another, both appeared for many photo opportunities, and then both signed agreements after a closed-door meeting with only their interpreters present. What really happened? According to President Trump who spoke in generalities and superlatives, "great progress was made" and Kim is a "very honorable man." The meeting between the two -- one a pariah in the eyes of the world and the other a democratically elected sitting President of the U.S. certainly gave Kim the legitimacy he has been seeking and denied by most of the world's leaders. What did Kim give the waiting world?

Consensus agrees that the agreement reiterated the same vague denuclearization statements Kim made to South Korea's president earlier -- but nothing definite or of substance. Trump without South Korea's knowledge promised to end their war games. Critics immediately questioned Trump if he had discussed North Korea's human rights' abuses. He replied they discussed it "relatively briefly." Obviously, he elicited no progress towards elimination of human rights abuses. Rights advocates cringed at Trump's remark that those being held in forced-labor camps were "one of the great winners today." There are 300,000 Christians in North Korea and about 70,000 of them are being held in forced-labor camps where according to Zoe Smith, Head of Advocacy at Open Doors UK & Ireland, they face "unimaginable torture, inhumane and degrading treatment purely because of their faith."

For the last 14 years the nation of North Korea has been number one on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for North Korea on Day 27 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.


Let us pray for:

Ensuing negotiations to include the elimination of abuse of religious and civil rights as one of the goals. (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).

Trump and Kim Jong-Un to prove through their future negotiations that they will be truthful and transparent to take specific steps to denuclearize as well as address the immediate release of tortured Christians living in horrific conditions in North Korea. Also, pray that Christians used as slaves will be compensated for their labor (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

An agreement to be signed that will include open borders and allow South Korean Christians to go into North Korea and share their faith (The Bible, Mark 16:15-16).

 

Sources:

https://shar.es/anJb18

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