A Christian who fled from North Korea warns Kim Jong Un’s support of Vladimir Putin has implications for both Ukraine and the greater international community. He's calling on Christians to pray for both leaders.
North Korea's leader has offered his country’s "full and unconditional support" for Russia's "sacred fight" to defend its security.
During a summit with Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang will always stand with Moscow on the "anti-imperialist" front. It is thought these words refer to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The talks took place during a visit to a rocket launch site in eastern Russia.
Timothy Cho, is a North Korean spokesperson for Parliament and anti-persecution charity Open Doors UK.
He tells Premier it is time for Western democracies to take decisive action: “The International community must step in very strongly and put more pressure on both sides.
“Putin has invaded Ukraine and already created millions of refugees, and wants to sustain this war as far as he can. Eventually Ukraine may see the same consequences as between North and South Korea, if we continue on the long period of war.”
A union with North Korea could encourage other nations to supply weaponry to Russia, argues Cho. He says the United Nations needs to put maximum pressure on the two nations to ensure the safety of all EU countries, if necessary by imposing sanctions.
Cho has encouraged Christians to pray for both Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
Referencing the Second World War, he said: “People went inside the church buildings and they prayed for Hitler.”
He said what both leaders are doing is "not in line with God's values", and added, “If we pray for them [that] their eyes may be closed or they may make a mistake."