The General Political Bureau receives ‘No. 1 ratification’ and is censoring the status of mail handling throughout the military… why?

Soldiers along the Yalu River in Sakju County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea. /Photo = Daily NK

Multiple military sources have reported that the North Korean military’s General Political Bureau has issued an order from Chairman Kim Jong-un to the entire army to inspect the handling of mail.

On the 19th, a daily NK Pyongyang military source said, “The directive of the General Political Bureau on correcting the bias in the handling of mail for the entire military was issued on the 13th according to the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces (Chairman Kim).”

According to the source, through this directive, the General Political Bureau revealed the inspection procedure, method, and target unit, saying, “Based on a case of violation of the mail management and handling order of the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the status of handling of mail for the entire military will be inspected.”

Earlier this month, during the random inspection by the General Political Bureau of the corps and headquarters post offices in Pyongyang, the director (captain) and the number of officers (soldier) at the post office directly under the command of the Reconnaissance General Bureau were sent to the Army Labor Regiment. known to be

The North Korean military post office is a unit that comprehensively handles military mail such as newspapers, magazines, letters, and documents.

The postal officers of the General Bureau of Reconnaissance took advantage of the peculiarity of their positions where they were free to go out to the barracks and sent and received letters to and from their hometowns at the addresses they knew. it was revealed

The North Korean military stipulates that active-duty soldiers send letters to their hometowns only by military mail. This is to censor the contents of all letters to prevent leakage of military secrets. However, due to the censorship of these letters, the soldiers are sending letters to social addresses through postmen who can go out to the barracks because they cannot write down everything they want to convey, such as personal requests such as money transfers or what is happening in the army.

In other words, the postal officers of the Reconnaissance General Bureau were criticized for encouraging serious disregard by sending letters from society without complying with the rules for using military mail during their military service, and even sending personal letters from other soldiers instead.

In addition, it was also seriously pointed out that they exposed the risk of leaking military secrets by secretly using cell phones that are not allowed to be brought into the military base.

In response, the source explained that the General Political Bureau received the No. 1 ratification by submitting a proposal stating the need for intensive censorship of the handling of mail in the entire military.

Another military source in North Hamgyong Province said, “Now that the order of the General Political Bureau has been issued to carry out the task of ratifying the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the unit’s political departments are conducting extensive censorship of the status of soldiers’ mail handling mainly at post offices.”

In response, the soldiers of the 9th Corps currently stationed in North Hamgyong Province said, “I have to send a letter home because I am already hungry and exhausted, and if I write to send money, the letter will be censored by the upper level and cannot be sent.” Is there?” and so on.

On the other hand, it is said that the political department of each unit is directly speaking individually with the post office operators and is conducting an investigation into the military use of mail by soldiers.

A source said, “The General Political Bureau requires that the unit’s political department have a close personal relationship with the postmaster or the postmaster, so they exchange political commanders between divisions and brigades to inspect the post office, and also strictly search personal lockers without permission. Bringing in cell phones (cell phones) are also being recalled,” he said.

He added, “The Political Bureau is planning to report the general situation by synthesizing the mail management and handling by corps by the end of this month, and will continue to conduct random inspections even after entering the synchronous training (December 1).”

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