The supreme leader of the Asian state is said to have restored the suspended practice of hostile questioning of young school pupils to try and stop a surge of addiction to the drug methamphetamines, which is also known by the street name “crystal meth."
Officials recently went into a primary school in the city of Hamhung and drew pictures of drug paraphernalia, which they presented to children aged seven. Any pupils able to identify the tools for taking drugs were then called to the front of the class and asked to explain how they acquired such knowledge. The officials “cajoled and threatened” these students, many of whom confessed that their parents took drugs, according to Radio Free Asia. The parents were then arrested.
A source told the radio station based in Washington DC, which broadcasts to East Asian countries: “Security officials in charge of schools are intimidating and interrogating primary school students to investigate drug offences.
This has raised fears that Kim Jong Un will restore other Orwellian practices employed by his late father, Kim Jong Il, which required North Koreans to anonymously inform on colleagues or friends committing crimes. The system of pitting neighbour against neighbour was implemented to cull people opposed to the military-led regime, but had to be suspended because it proved so unpopular.
The regime began manufacturing heroin and crystal meth at the start of the last decade to generate income by exporting it to China, Japan and the US. Tests have shown North Korea produces some of the purest crystal meth in the world, but after officially attempting to cut down on its production and export 10 years ago, the drug became more available to its own citizens, sparking a wave of addiction it has failed to control.
Express co.uk/June 14, 2015
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