The oppressive, isolated country of North Korea headed by dictator Kim Jong Il retains its grip as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
According to Open Doors' 2008 World Watch List released today, North Korea is ranked No 1 for the seventh year in a row. Christians are persecuted constantly under the communist government, which denies human rights to its citizens.
The Wahhabi kingdom of Saudi Arabia is No 2 and Iran No 3. Both countries are ruled by Shariah law.
Some of the reasons could well be political, such as being a slap in the face of both the U.S. and South Korea, However, no matter where, Christians are to [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=101708104148]]]Be Unashamed & Join in Suffering[/URL]. However, the number of martyrdoms of Christians in Communist and Islamic countries, q.v., [URL=http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/apostasy.htm]]]Why Islam today shuts down freedom of religion[/URL] will be stopped someday, even if it is when Christ comes back and puts an end to this problem.