North Korea has banned all imports of products bearing markings that look like the Christian cross.

Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service reports that a Chinese-Korean peddler in Pyongyang revealed that custom officials in North Korea have begun confiscating all products they see that bear markings resembling the Christian cross.

“We’ve always had to make sure there were no Korean characters on the labels of products that we brought in from China. Now we have to check again to see that there isn’t anything that looks like a cross,” the source told RFA.

He added that some designs on women’s clothing, hairpins and hair bands can look like a cross, depending on who’s looking. “These products are more likely to be confiscated during customs checks,” he said.

Even students are not exempted from this restrictive ban. They must be careful when drawing “plus signs” to make the vertical and horizontal lines of equal length to prevent government officers from thinking they are drawing a Christian cross.

Open Doors’ 2016 World Watch List has named North Korea as the greatest persecutor of Christians in the world for the 14th consecutive year. Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post that over 70,000 Christians were imprisoned for their faith in 2015.

“Getting information out of North Korea is notoriously difficult. That is what makes the fact that it remains number one on the World Watch List even more amazing. We don’t even know how many Christians have been martyred in North Korea,” Curry disclosed.

Sources:
Rfaorg. (2016). Radio Free Asia. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/cross-07252016161717.html

Christiandailycom. (2016). Christiandailycom. http://www.christiandaily.com/article/north-korea-blocks-imported-goods-with-markings-resembling-christian-cross/54557.htm

Christianpostcom. (2016). Christian Post. http://www.christianpost.com/news/north-korea-bans-all-imports-goods-logos-resembling-christian-cross-167167/

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