lørdag 4. april 2020

Smugglers Beaten as North Korea Applies Military Law in COVID-19 Response

Two smugglers were savagely beaten by a North Korean anti-smuggling task force this month as the country’s tolerance of smuggling across the border with China has given way to a crackdown due to concern over coronavirus, a source near the border told RFA’s Korean Service.

North Korea, which Wednesday claimed it was completely COVID-19-free, has been taking extensive precautions, including closing the border with China to all legitimate trade and an order from leader Kim Jong Un issued to deal with smugglers harshly to discourage the spread of the pathogen from China. An incident this month in Ryanggang Province showed that North Korea has deployed crack troops to stop border crossings and the special forces are beating anyone who approaches the Yalu River border with next-door China.