A civilian guarding the China-North Korean border. Having a rifle on the shoulder, he seems to belong to “Red Guard.” Taken by Park Young-min from Chinese side toward North Pyongan Province in the end of September 2017. (ASIAPRESS)


After having pushed ahead with 6th nuclear test on September 6, Kim Jong-un regime has fiercely continued wordy war with Trump administration. It is informed that as disturbing rumors are circulating, the authority aggressively tries to shut out them and to arrest the source of the rumor by holding rallies toward local residents.

As tension goes up with the USA, Kim Jong-un regime tries to unite its people for the preparation of war: It held a rally for high school students to apply for conscription and executed emergency drill of militia, such as “Reserve Forces” and “Red Guard.”

However, it, paradoxically, produces various rumors among the residents. Followings are the reports by reporting partners from the end of September to October 6.

The reporting partner at Yanggang Province said in regard with the economic sanction by China, “The security forces (police) arrested a merchant who spread the rumor that the bridge over the border between China and North Korea would be blocked as the rumor caused vendors stop selling Chinese products.

Another reporting partner in the northern area of North Korea reported: “There was a public speech at the end of September by the security forces (police). The subject was about rooting out groundless rumors which would provoke chaos amid highly tense situation. Don’t relay any unconfirmed hearsay to others, if so, the person would be punished along with the originator of the rumor. Report immediately when you hear any suspicious story. That was the contents of the speech.”
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