Three arrested in connection to smuggled phones

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first_img SHARE Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News By Daily NK – 2016.07.04 4:27pm AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Two brothers in North Korea’s RyanggangProvince were arrested early last month by State Security Department agents forusing smuggled-in Chinese mobile phones. A Ministry of People’s Security(police) officer permitting this activity in exchange for bribes was also apprehended,Daily NK has learned. “Around the fourth of last month,anti-espionage agents from the provincial State Security Department [SSD]barged in while the two farmers (brothers) in Ryanggang Province were talkingto another sibling in South Korea,” a source from the province told Daily NK ina telephone conversation on July 1. “They were arrested on site on suspicions ofespionage, handcuffed, and taken away to the relevant SSD unit.” “There was an agent from the county’s [nameredacted for safety reasons] Ministry of People’s Security office who wasalso immediately arrested on the same day for allegedly turning a blind eye tothe phone calls frequently being placed to the South,” he added. In light of the incident, state authoritieshave doubled down on threats of punishment for those caughtplacing calls to South Korea, “mercilessly equating such actions to international information leaks and therefore deeming them acts of espionage,” according to the source. “The two brothers have been branded ‘spies and destructive individuals out to obliterate socialism’,” heexplained. “It will cost them 30,000 RMB (39 million KPW) to get them out.Their family members have no one to appeal to, driving them to ask othersiblings in the South to send them money.” Speculation is rife about the brothers’ fate among residents in the surrounding area. Most have commented that sufficient funds notwithstanding, the harsh nature ofthe arrest suggests the case will not be so easily resolved. More specifically,however, opinions are divided: half of those familiar with the case are hopeful that the young men’s diligence in fulfillingParty duties and unwavering loyalty for the Suryong [Great or Supreme Leader] will soften theirpunishment; the remaining half is of the grim belief that these two youngmen will imminently find themselves detained in a political prison camp.A fixture of the Kim Jong Un era, strongorders to ferret out the use of Chinese mobile phones have recently grown inseverity. As reported in May by Daily NK, Kim Jong Un ordered law enforcementto penalize those who use Chinese phones to talk to people outside of thecountry with the crime of espionage in a bid to stem the outflow of internalinformation and attempts to escape the country.   “That this recent incident occurred undertighter surveillance and restrictions has increased tensions in the area,” anadditional source in Ryanggang Province asserted. Complaints, too, are on therise; the vast majority of residents in border areas rely on Chinesecell phones for their livelihoods.  NewsEconomy News center_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Three arrested in connection to smuggled phones North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitterlast_img

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