The North Korean regime plans to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witness church in China, the Chinese government said Wednesday.
The announcement came as the world’s oldest and largest church in the world held its annual general meeting in Beijing.
The church is one of the most important institutions in the country.
North Korea has been under international sanctions for years for its nuclear and missile programs.
Its government is currently facing growing international criticism for its human rights record and its brutal repression of dissidents.
Its religious leadership is believed to have at least some influence in North Korea, which has long been the world leader in the Jehovahs Witness religion.
China is North Korea’s largest trading partner, and China is North Korean’s biggest foreign investor.