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Tango0118 Dec 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

…China Border Areas.

"North Korea is dismantling guard posts along major roads in areas near China in a bid to ease traffic and the flow of smuggled and imported goods in the sanctions-hit country, North Korean sources say.

Inspections at multiple points along the roads, sometimes at checkpoints staffed by farm and factory guards, had previously slowed distribution and enabled demands for the payment of bribes, a source in North Hamgyong province told RFA's Korean Service.

"State Security and People's Security police posts used to be situated throughout the area," RFA's source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Even guards from factories and farms used to set up posts in different places."…"
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Interesting… This is how the Warsaw Pact and ultimately the Soviet Union fell apart …. they opened their borders and then everything changed….this is a symptom on how much North Korea is now breaking down….they just been told that anyone can leave contry.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

Interesting indeed. Maybe sanctions do work in some instances after all.

The Chinese troops that are already massed at the border may need to cross over into NK and make sure there isn't a coup. They already warned the West that a regime change would not be tolerated.

Dan

Tango0118 Dec 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

Unless it's a Chinese regime change …! (smile)

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Major Mike18 Dec 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

Nothing is going to settle down until after the Olympics.

Stryderg18 Dec 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

Is this to facilitate Chinese troops moving into NK, or for NK refugees to leave NK?

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2017 6:57 p.m. PST

Even if NK opened it's northern border and allowed its starving citizens to leave, I just don't see China accepting a flood of refugees into their country. China has its own problems to worry about, they don't won't more.

BrianW18 Dec 2017 11:17 p.m. PST

I would recommend that everyone reread the linked article very closely. Nowhere does it say that the DPRK is closing stations on the Chinese border. What it does say is, "North Korea is dismantling guard posts along major roads in areas near China in a bid to ease traffic and the flow of smuggled and imported goods in the sanctions-hit country, North Korean sources say." Furthermore, the article goes on to say that, "Even guards from factories and farms used to set up posts in different places."

Sorry, but this doesn't read like a bulgogi-flavored version of the Berlin Wall. Instead, it sounds more like the national government getting rid of some local graft.

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