(aided by China - MFN trading partner of the US, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics...)
The martyrdom of Christians in North Korea seems to be escalating as the crisis of the Stalinist-run country gets worse, United Press International learned Tuesday.Chinese authorities have rounded up and repatriated North Korean Christians who had sought refuge and been catechized on Chinese territory. "We have reports that these refugees had wires driven through their wrists and noses. By these wires they were led back into North Korea," said Thomas White, head of the U.S. section of the Voice of the Martyrs organization. Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, a Washington-based advocacy group, told UPI that this forced repatriation was due to the worldwide attention North Korean escapees on the Chinese side of the border had received in the last few months."China evidently felt it lost face," he suggested, "hence the crackdown."