◆ “We will shoot without warning…”full text of the police notice

Refrain from any activities which may interfere with border blockade operations.

The global health crisis is rapidly worsening and infectious diseases are spreading through the air and through touching objects. Today's reality demands stricter maintenance and reinforcement of the national emergency quarantine system along the northern border.

However, some citizens have violated the emergency quarantine rules and the orders to protect the safety of the state and the people's well-being, and are creating a space where they can enter and exit the northern border at will to cross the border- smuggling malignant viral diseases into the country.

The notice reads, “The Ministry of Social Security of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has established a buffer zone according to the regional characteristics of the northern border area, and has established stricter emergency quarantine rules and regulations in this zone in order to categorically prevent contagious diseases from causing disaster.”

1. A buffer zone has been set up 1-2km from the border.
-Under no circumstances will citizens enter or leave the set buffer zone.
-Institutions, businesses, organizations, and the public will neither enter nor transport personnel or supplies into the buffer zone without organization approval.
-Citizens who enter the buffer zone with organization approval must carry identification documents, including citizenship cards.

2. At night, personnel and vehicles will be prohibited on roads and railroads that are close to border barriers.

The curfew will be in effect from 20:00 to 05:00 the next day from April to September and, from October to March, from 18:00 to 07:00 the next day.

3. People and animals will be shot on sight if they have violated the rules and order established in the northern border areas, such as illegally entering the buffer zone without permits or approaching border barriers on roads and railroads.

In addition, people and animals will be shot on sight if they approach the Yalu or Tuman Rivers.

4. All institutions, enterprises, organizations and citizens will strictly observe the order of conduct established in the northern border region to prevent the influx of contagious global diseases and to protect the safety of the country and the well-being of the people.
- All institutions, businesses and organizations will further strengthen their education and control of citizens and employees so that there are no actions that harm border projects and emergency quarantine projects.
- All citizens are to be keenly aware of activities that interfere with the North Korean border blockade operations conducted by the People's Army, including illegal entry into the buffer zone, and report these activities to authorities in a timely manner.

5. This decree applies to all institutions, enterprises, organizations (including armed forces, military, special units) and citizens within the territory of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Ministry of Social Security of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Juche 109 (August 25, 2020)

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