Liberty Korea Post sources in China reveal that—Per Kim Jong-un’s direction, the [NK] State Security Agency has requested that China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) provide wrist-type GPS devices for the purpose of monitoring the movements of North Korean officials and diplomats stationed overseas. The sources indicate that the Chinese authorities will grant that request.
Recent defections by Thae Yong-ho (ex-Deputy Ambassador to England) and Jo Sung-kil (ex-Charge de Faire to Italy) have prompted North Korea to utilize the wrist type GPS device.
In the future, all North Korean diplomats and trade officials must wear the device, whether they are on personal or state business. North Korean authorities intend to keep track of their overseas personnel electronically.
Conventionally, North Korean authorities have been controlling the diplomats and trade officials by holding back one of their children in North Korea as a hostage, which prevented the overseas officials from defecting.
However, such strategy has failed to keep the defection at bay, and the State Security Agency is aiming to tighten their control over the would-be defectors.
China’s MSS have provided surveillance devices for the North Korean State Security Agency in the past, such as the surveillance cameras installed along the border last year. These cameras were manufactured in 2004, but they did not sell well. So, MSS supplied them to North Korea for free.
The North Korean State Security Agency’s plan is to watch for the defectors thru cameras along the border, and stop overseas defection by the GPS devices.
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