20 trading company presidents detained one after another… Sentencing to death penalty and political prison camps?

A vehicle is crossing from Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, North Korea to Dandong, Liaoning Province, China via the Chojung-Uui Bridge (Yamnok Steel Bridge). /Photo = Daily NK

Due to the censorship of trade institutions by the North Korean authorities, the atmosphere at the border between North Korea and China is getting colder. The trade sector is also expected to suffer as the authorities arrest the heads of institutions and related officials who have conducted trade without permission.

According to an insider inside Daily NK on the 15th, 20 trading company presidents were detained one after another due to the censorship of trading institutions that began last month. Hundreds of trade advisors have been detained and are being investigated. (▶Go to related articles: inNorth Korean trading companies abruptly declaring to end trade with, What happened?)

It is known that the joint inspection is being led by the Party Organizational Leadership Department.

They are accused of bringing goods other than those permitted by the state into North Korea or distributing imported goods inside without undergoing quarantine treatment.

However, it is said that the authorities are applying a heavier punishment to bringing in items without quarantine treatment rather than the fact that they brought in unauthorized items.

It is reported that most of the goods brought in by the trading companies caught in the crackdown are consumables, such as seasoning (seasoning), soybean oil, sesame seeds, and sugar powder (sugar), which are in short supply in the market.

Authorities confiscated all imported goods without permission, and the waks (export and import permits) of the trading organization were also recovered.

In addition, cases where trading companies were involved in overseas remittances are also subject to this censorship. In addition, as the North Korean authorities are cracking down on overseas remittances and punishing brokers (brokers) related to them, it is difficult to transfer money recently.

As the situation unfolded, it became known to the authorities that trading institutions had been disguised as receiving trade proceeds from China to help remittances and collect profits by receiving commissions.

In the midst of this, it is reported that some of the trading companies caught in this inspection include trading companies under the ‘Peony Guidance Bureau’ belonging to the Central Party.

Even a trading company belonging to Room 39, which manages the Kim Jong-un family’s slush funds, is subject to censorship without exception in this crackdown, and if illegal trade activities are confirmed, the source said that they will be punished without mercy.

In this regard, Chairman Kim Jong-un, in relation to the censorship of trade institutions, gave instructions to ▲ punish according to legal measures rather than party punishment ▲ disqualify party members if an executive-level trade advisor is caught ▲ apply the same standards even if they belong to special agencies is known to have delivered

In particular, the authorities view illegal trade by trade organizations as political acts, and depending on the severity, it is likely that the maximum sentence could be imposed, such as death or detention in a kwanliso (political prison camp).

A source said, “At least, no one will end up with a light punishment of a labor training camp or correctional labor punishment.”

The censorship is expected to continue until the end of July, so the weakened mood in the border area is expected to continue for some time.

Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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