Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top officials claimed on Thursday that Pope Francis was interested in visiting North Korea following a meeting between the head of the Catholic church and the head of state at the Vatican.
JoongAng Ilbo, a South Korean publication, reported that Moon spent about an hour with Pope Francis and interpreters in a meeting where recording was prohibited.
Yet Pope Francis’s visit to another communist country, Cuba, suggests that he is more likely to avoid the matter than address it directly.
One Christian church legally exists in North Korea: the Korean Christian Federation, which has no known organic membership and, according to visitors to the country, exists solely as a propaganda vehicle for the government.
Thae Yong-ho, a high-profile defector in South Korea, told reporters this year that Christianity is what the Kim regime fears the most.