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Kim’s Gulags: North Korea holds up to 120,000 political prisoners, the State Department report says

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North Korea holds up to 120,000 political prisoners in the “terrible conditions” in camps throughout the country, according to estimates from a newly released State Department report.

The Department on Tuesday issued its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, which documented more than 200 countries and territories, freedom of religion, and human rights violations.

The findings about North Korea as a trump administration to work with the isolated regime. The White house says that the administration remains “active” for a possible summit with Kim Jong-Un.

The report, though, that the brutal conditions of the festering inside Kim’s Kingdom. It is 1,304 cases of alleged religious freedom violations in the country in the last year, while detailing the harsh treatment of political and religious prisoners — and persecution of Christians.

“The government’s employ to continue to work hard with those who read in almost any religious practices through executions, torture, beatings, and arrests,” the report. “An estimated 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners, some imprisoned for religious reasons, were to be believed, in the political prison camp system in remote areas, under terrible conditions.”

According to the report, Christian solidarity Worldwide, it was a “policy of guilt by Association,” said in cases of arrests of Christians, which means that the “relatives of the Christians who were also detained, regardless of their faith.”

“The religious and human rights groups outside the country, tortured furthermore, numerous reports, that the members of the ground-beaten churches, were arrested and killed because of their religious beliefs,” the report read. “The international NGOs and North Korean defectors, reported in all religious activities outside of those that could were state-sanctioned, including pray, to sing hymns and read the Bible, to severe penalties, including imprisonment, the camps political prisoners.”

The report was released by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who underlined the trump administration’s commitment to the “promotion of religious freedom throughout the world.”

“Religious freedom is in the American bloodstream,” said Pompeo in the State Department on Tuesday. “The publication of the report, is crucial to our mission for the defence of religious freedom, and brings to light the state of religious freedom in the world.”

It is unclear whether the North Korean findings, the talks on a possible summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un influence. Trump cancel a letter last week to Kim 12. The June summit in Singapore hostile rhetoric from North Korea, but since she opened the door to a possible meeting.

This week, Kim in his infamous right hand, Kim Yong Chol, the US deposed,-in the midst of a diplomatic flurry is aimed at the recovery of the US-North Korea summit.

Kim Yong Chol is a long-term espionage-meet-in-chief and Vice-President of the ruling workers ‘ party, and traveled to New York with officials.

“We have a great team, together, for our talks with North Korea. Meeting on the summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice-President of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid answer to my letter, I thank you!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday.

Trump is also planning a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 7. June in the White house.

The State Department report also noted that North-Korean “foreigners who allegedly engaged in the religious work within their borders.”

Earlier this month, Kim Jong-Un, agreed to release three American prisoners, after a meeting with Pompeo.

Kim Dong-Chul, South Korean-born U.S. citizen and former Virginia resident, was sentenced, in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labour, convicted after he was accused of spying. He is supposed to be a trade and hotel delivery service company in Rason, a special economic zone on the North Korean border with Russia.

Tony Kim was detained at Pyongyang airport in April 2017 and unspecified accused of “hostile acts” against the regime. He is accounting taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. In a statement, Kim family, to all those who have worked thanked “, in the direction of, and contributed to his return home.”

Kim Hak-Song, a born ethnic Koreans in China, was arrested in may 2017 for “hostile acts.” He worked in the agricultural development of an experimental farm run by the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, established in the year 2010 with donations from Christian groups.

But another American prisoner, Otto warm beer, died in June 2017 — just a few days after he was back in the USA with severe brain damage. He was arrested in January 2016, accused of stealing a propaganda poster, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with forced labor.

In spite of the Trump-government diplomatic efforts for the denuclearization of the contract, the report clearly stated that the U.S. government “has no diplomatic relations with the DPRK and has no official presence in the country.”

The report said that the officers used the “other mechanisms” to religious freedom concerns in North Korea.

“The United States joint resolutions of the UN General Assembly and human rights Council in March and December, condemned the country’s “systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights,” the report said. “The resolutions further expressed serious concern about the country’s denial of the right to freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and religion, as well as the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of Assembly, and urged the government to immediate take steps to ensure that these rights.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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