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North Korea to Punish Mobile Users as War Criminals

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Kim Jong il North Korean dictatorPYONGYANG, North Korea – The government of new dictator Kim Jong-un has issued a warning to all of the citizens, that a person would be treated as a “war criminal” if they try to flee to China or use mobile phones during the grieving period of former dictator Kim Jong-il, who passed away recently.

North Korea is reported to be enduring a severe economic instability with downturn in business activities, shortfall in food supply and increase in autocracy. As a result, many people are trying to cross border into China, and eventually to South Korea, to escape the oppression and economical unrest.

About 23,000 North Koreans are taking refuge in South Korea. However, those who were caught crossing into China and sent back, ended up in hard labour camps. Subsequently, observing the situation the workers’ party has cautioned the locals strictly that anyone caught attempting to cross border would be punished gravely.

The death of Kim Jong-il has added up to economical distress, and any reports of outside world sent into the country by mobile phone are likely to multiply the effect. The government, in an attempt to strengthen the new regime of Kim Jong-un, has issued such warnings.

North Korea’s depression is said to be seriously under-rated and is believed to be the fifth-largest threat to international instability in 2012.

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By , International Correspondent, Karachi office

Published on Feb 1st, 2012 GMT +2

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