Pyongyang Univ. a Bridge Between Two Koreas?

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A three-mile strip of land known as the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, separates North and South Korea -- yet the two countries are so different, they may as well be on separate planets.

The dividing land is dotted with mines, walls and bunkers.

On one side is South Korea -- a vibrant, open democracy. On the other is the closed, secretive kingdom of Kim Jong Il's communist North Korea.

But a fledgling university hopes to build a bridge between the two Koreas. It's called the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, North Koreas first private university.

The school is backed by the South Korean government and evangelical Christians in both South Korea and the United States.

Dr, James Chin-Kyung Kim founded PUST, and said the purpose of the school is to give North Korea's future leaders tools to develop the country's economy and promote peace on the Korean peninsula.

Dr. Kim himself is a Christian businessman who immigrated to America. He said he has a heart for helping North Korea, despite being jailed once by the country because the government thought he was a spy.

Dr. Kim appeared on Tuesday's edition of 'The 700 Club' to talk more about his experience in North Korea, the mission behind Pyongyang University, and how the volatile relationship between North and South Korea can be mended.

*Original broadcast Nov. 15, 2011.

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