North Korea cracks down on people crossing the border – military told to ‘burn bodies’ | World | News
Military units in the reclusive country have been ordered to “strictly” deal with all possible “quarantine contaminants” on land and coastal borders. This move is controversial after North Korean military shot and burned the body of a South Korean fisheries official last month. North Korea has stated it is committed to this strict quarantine measure to stop coronavirus from getting into the country.
The regime said it would fire at anyone who crosses the country’s borders and “burn their bodies”.
A North Korean military source explained that the real reason for implementing the new quarantine rules was to underline that the tragic killing of the South’s fisheries official was part of the regime’s strict coronavirus regulations.
Speaking to Daily North Korean the source said: “The order aims to highlight to the Korean People’s Army that the killing of the South Korean was part of quarantine efforts.
“It also reaffirms guidelines from the military leadership that under no circumstances will the slightest hesitation or unrest be permitted in the military.”
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On Saturday the country showcased its long-range ballistic missiles in a parade to mark the country’s 75th anniversary.
At the parade, Kim Jong un said: “We will continue to build our national defence power and self-defensive war deterrence.”.
The so-called supreme leader then blamed international sanctions, typhoons, and the coronavirus for preventing the country’s economic progress.
He added: “I am ashamed that I have never been able to repay you properly for your enormous trust.
“My efforts and devotion were not sufficient to bring our people out of difficult livelihoods.”
Leif-Eric Easley, who teaches at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul said: “It is an impressively large gathering during a global pandemic.
“This suggests North Korean authorities are concerned more with political history and national morale than with preventing a COVID-19 superspreader event.”