Original Version Published in MAY 6th, 2011.A source reported on April 26th and May 3rd, “On April 25th, new State Security Departmental offices opened in key cities along the Chinese-NK border to prevent defection.”
According to the source, the offices are located in four provincial capitals: Sinuiju, Kanggye, Hyesan and Cheongjin in North Pyongan, Jagang, Yanggang and North Hamgyong provinces, respectively. Each office is near the railway station in each city.
In Sinuiju, a three-story office building stands at Sinuiju Station, next to the Security Agency building (former location of a defense platoon office). Likewise in Hyesan, a two-story building stands next to the former Railway Volunteer Department building. Special jails and solitary cells are set up in the basement of the two-story building.
The problem is, orders to provincially build and manage these offices came from the Central Party Military Committee. The source evaluated accordingly, that these supposedly anonymous orders most probably came straight from Kim Jong-un.
The State Security Department is the highest agency of the Security Ministry (formerly Security Command) in the People’s Army. Lower agencies include the Security Division, Regiment, Squadron, etc. Within the corps and division ranks, each Security Department consists of tens or sometimes hundreds of Security Officers.
As the independent anti-espionage agency within the military, the Defense Security Ministry has the basic responsibility to survey and track down anti-Party, anti-Communist activities. According to the source, the sudden construction of additional State Security Departmental offices in border provinces signal the need for more defection prevention measures.
“Under the assumption that the defection problem could not be left to the National Security Agency and the People’s Security Agency, the Army’s Security Ministry ordered the construction of new offices,” said the source. “Subsequently, the construction started in early January.”
“The Security Military had previously cracked down on borders and defectors during the Arduous March in 1995,” the source added. “There are concerns about whether the military will once again aggressively monitor and regulate civilians and the public order.”
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