North Korea distributes cell-phones to its surveillance agents

Thursday 10th July, 2014

DPRK authorities have been distributing cell-phones to agents of the Ministry of People’s Security and Ministry of State Security in the Sino-DPRK border regions, according to our sources.

The distributions of cell-phones are being made as part of efforts to aid agents of the Ministry of State Security and Ministry of People’s Security in preventing people escaping the country.

As part of the process of organising an escape, North Koreans intending to flee the country often make contact through cell-phones with those who have already made it.

The surveillance authorities are acutely aware of this, and the distribution of cell-phones is seen as a direct response to counter such attempts at reaching the outside world.

In June, our sources described, ‘This kind of cell-phone use and distribution is supposed to be illegal. The authorities are very much on edge about preventing escapes and seeking out channels of communication to the outside that they are handing out cell-phones to security agents.’

When a North Korean individual is discovered to have attempted phone calls with someone over the border in China, surveillance agents in the local area communicate via cell-phone in order to move quickly to cut that channel.

In order to succeed in escaping safely across the river, an arrangement must be made beforehand with brokers to discuss where and when to meet, or for a guarantee of crossing the river safely. The ability to make mobile phone calls is considered essential during this process.

The increased numbers of imports in signal detectors from China is said to be related to attempts to more effectively crack down on North Koreans who attempt to communicate with contacts outside the borders.

Other sources reported how in recent Kim Jong-un propaganda campaigns describing his inability to sleep out of worry for the people, the ordinary populace were taught that “Contact with the outside world must be thoroughly blocked in order to curtail temptations.”

 

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