North Korean soldiers enforcing border blockade suffer from worsening food shortages

North Korean troops deployed on the Sino-North Korean border to enforce COVID-19’s “border blockade” suffer from food shortages by the arrival of spring. Locals reportedly expressed concern that hungry soldiers might raid civilian homes to steal food. “Storm Corps and Seventh Corps troops deployed at the border have been given food until March this year. However, after the end of winter exercise and the arrival of spring, they started getting less food and ran out of banchanes [side dishes] in April, ”a source in Chagang province told Daily NK on Tuesday. “The locals are trembling with fear that the soldiers may turn into thieves who break into their homes while they are asleep to kill people and steal food.” In the second half of last year, North Korean authorities sent a military force in the middle of the country that was thought to have strong views on all frontiers to strengthen disease control measures. While on duty at security checkpoints and in houses below the Yalu and Tumen rivers, soldiers have been on the lookout for and targeting illegal activities such as smuggling and insurgency. North Korean authorities confirmed the availability of food to inland troops because they had been sent to border areas under special conditions of COVID-19. However, as long-term shipping progressed and transportation and supply problems continued to worsen, military food continued to decline in quality and quantity. “The Storm Corps order is in Tokchon, and the Seventh Corps order is in Hamhung,” the source said. “The continued extension of the temporary border and the long distances they have to cross to deliver goods seems to be hurting both orders… this fatigue has led to rumors that they may retreat. “There have never been any specific orders from the authorities regarding the withdrawal. However, some people say that soldiers sent to the border will be withdrawn at various times before the military exercise in the summer or after the strong concrete barriers and ropes built at the border are 80% complete, ”the source said. Conduct between the military also appears to be declining. In March, after noticing a decrease in resolutions between the military, security forces and politicians suddenly ordered the military to record and report on the movements of other soldiers and their unit without bias. As a result of this order, the military recorded everything that happened and did not allow even the slightest hint of humor to go down. special coronavirus monitoring for the emergence of robust mobile phone smugglers at the smugglers’ border Border checkpoint in Pungso County, Ryanggang province. This photo was taken in February 2019. / Photo: Daily NK “This is an attempt by [authorities] to curb the corruption of the military’s ideas when they were first handed over to the border,” the source explained. “Soldiers have seen, heard and heard [the change] in the border situation. They think that things are not going to work out the way they were before, but they are looking at what they are saying. ” Meanwhile, the deployment of border construction troops to build concrete bars and high-strength ropes has led to concerns for local people. Border guards working at the border in Chagang Province currently receive 600 grams of corn rice, as well as cabbage soup, salt plant, and other side dishes as part of their assignment. However, locals


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