South Korean spies have claimed that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, has prohibited singing and drinking parties as economic sanctions start to bite.
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) of the South was informed that parliament Pyongyang was attempting to prevent dissidence among its citizens as sanctions of the United Nations that were imposed after repeated nuclear and missile weapons tests start to affect its economy.
“[The North] has devised a system whereby party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis, and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment and is strengthening control of outside information,” the NIS informed MPs.
The report comes as the ambassador of China to the United Kingdom called sanctions “a means, not a purpose,” continuing that more rounds should not be imposed for their own sake.
On Sunday, Liu Xiaoming informed Robert Peston that China has voted to consistently support sanctions by the United Nations since 2006, and sixteen (16) such restrictions have been imposed during that time,
Donald Trump, the US President, named Russia and China specifically during his recent tour of the Asia-Pacific region as the countries that should stop trade ties with North Korea “entirely.”
Trump has previously criticised China for not being able to do enough to convince its communist neighbour to stop its nuclear ambitions.
The NIS of South Korea said that “while there had been no sign of preparations for a new nuclear test in the North, we forecast that depending upon North Korean leader Kim’s determination, a nuclear test is possible anytime.”
According to Yonhap, Pyongyang has also punished senior officials of the General Political Bureau in its military. However, what this entailed, the NIS could not reportedly state.
The bureau is responsible for managing personnel for some other key military bodies.