Residents ‘total mobilization’ to finish installing barriers and high-voltage lines in some sections by the party’s founding date

A barbed wire fence has been installed at the border of Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea, which is the border area between North Korea and China. /Photo = Daily NK

While North Korea is installing barriers and high-voltage lines across the border, it is reported that it has recently issued an order to mobilize residents to complete the construction of some sections by the 10th, the founding day of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

According to a Daily NK Ryanggang-do source on the 8th, North Korea has set the uninhabited uninhabited area among the border areas as the first-stage construction section, and plans to complete the installation of barriers and high-voltage lines in that section by the party’s founding date. is accelerating the work.

In fact, on the 4th, North Pyongan Province, Jagang Province, Yanggang Province, and North Hamgyong Province issued an order jointly signed by the Party, the Cabinet, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of National Security in the border areas of North Pyongan Province, Jagang Province, Yanggang Province, and North Hamgyong Province, and mobilized all government agencies, enterprises, security and judicial institutions, the military, and the People’s Band. It is said that it was put into the construction of the first phase section.

A source said, “In the first phase of the construction section, the barrier has been raised by 1 meter. (Electric poles) and power lines were all installed,” he said.

Accordingly, transportation means are prepared for each organization and unit to transport residents to the construction site every morning, and it is known that residents are driven to work from 7 am to 5 pm.

Initially, North Korea had a policy of building barriers over 2m across the entire border section by October 10 and allowing high voltage current to flow through the high-voltage lines, but as it faced difficulties in procuring materials, it took a step back by completing only the first-phase section. The source explained that he was standing.

The construction of the second phase section, where border security is relatively easy, is also in progress, but North Korea has suggested that the second phase section be completed by the end of this year, the source said.

However, the problem of ensuring transmission facilities so that actual high voltage can flow remains a stumbling block. Transformers, which must be installed in each section, are currently having difficulties in securing facilities because each province has to provide its own resources.

The source said, “The provinces have already obtained about 60% of the transformers themselves. This was also only obtained in difficult financial conditions, but the above has said that the rest of the transformers must be guaranteed unconditionally until mid-November.”

In addition, the source said, “Originally, from above, they said that they would guarantee 24 hours by unconditionally connecting the electricity flowing through the high-voltage line to the public line, but even this was changed to be guaranteed by each province. I think all four degrees are impossible to guarantee time electricity,” he said.

As a result, the timing of the withdrawal of inland military units such as the Storm Corps (11th Corps) and 7th Corps currently dispatched to the border is becoming even more opaque. These units are expected to be able to withdraw only after the normal operation of the high-voltage line installed at the border is confirmed, but there are observations that the high-voltage line will not work properly due to a chronic power shortage. As a result, it is expected that the period of dispatch of inland military units to the border will be further extended.

In the midst of this, it is reported that the Storm Corps command has recently established a plan to prepare for a prolonged dispatch period, such as setting up a policy to replace all personnel dispatched to the border once a year. In addition, it is known that the 7th Corps has already replaced all dispatched personnel on the 30th of last month and is setting up a security service with new personnel.

Meanwhile, the poor living conditions of the soldiers in the professional construction units who have to stay at the border until the construction of the barrier and high-voltage line in the second phase is completed is another problem.

In this regard, the source said, “Right now, the soldiers in the construction unit have made a roof with a thin plastic film and are living in a semi-crypt. He said, “They just wore only kotjebi, but they looked like kotjebi.”

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