Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Religious Believers Council of Korea released a statement on Saturday in connection with the fact that shortly ago, the U.S. branded once again the DPRK as the “country specially suspected of religious freedom” seriously encroaching upon the “religious freedom” in its “2016 International Religious Freedom Report” and is massively spreading the public opinion against the DPRK.
The U.S. asserted in its “report” that the “freedom of religious belief” is specified in the DPRK’s Constitution but, in fact, there is no “freedom” and it is mercilessly punishing religious activities. The U.S. also malignantly found fault with the DPRK, enumerating survey data fabricated by all shades of bodies organized by them.
The statement categorically rejected the report, branding it as the thing that does not deserve even a passing note.
It recalled that during the last Korean war the U.S. savagely bombed and destroyed a lot of religious establishments such as more than 1,900 churches, cathedrals and Buddhist temples and mercilessly killed hundreds of thousands of innocent religious believers.
It went on:
Such barbarities are being committed across the world. Many religious believers are losing their lives and time-honored holy places are reduced to debris by the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces’ indiscriminate bombing. This is the true colors of the “religious freedom” much touted by the U.S.
The U.S. much talk about the DPRK’s non-existent” religious issue” is nothing but a last-ditch effort for tarnishing at any cost the international image and strategic position of the latter which is invariably advancing under the banner of independence against the U.S. ,and further fanning up the climate of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.
The Religious Believers Council of Korea will as ever take a strong counteraction against the U.S. arbitrary practices and hostile policy toward the DPRK in solidarity with the international religious organizations.
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