WASHINGTON – President Trump said he addressed the plight of persecuted Christians when meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“I brought it up, absolutely. They will work on that. We did not put it down in the document. It will be worked on. Christians, yes,” Trump said, according to a transcript. “We brought it up. Franklin Graham spent and spends a tremendous amount of time in North Korea. He has it close to his heart. It did come up and things will be happening…

“I believe it is a rough situation over there,” Trump said about the human rights violations. “No question about it. We did discuss it today strongly. Knowing what the main purpose of what we are doing is here denuking. Discussed at good length. We will be doing something on it. It’s rough.”

According to the US State Department, Kim Jong-un’s regime holds between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners in forced labor camps, facing torture and forced starvation. However, some estimate that number to be as much as 250,000, of which 50,000 are estimated to be Christians imprisoned for their faith.

Image: A rough map outlining the alleged political prisons in North Korea (Credits: Open Doors USA).