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WE pray the North Korean people would encounter the living God in dreams and visions and would experience God's freedom even in the midst of unspeakable oppression.

North Korea is creating new “social order disciplinary units” to bolster efforts to control and squash “non-socialist behavior” occurring throughout North Korean society.

A source in Yanggang Province told Daily NK on Wednesday that the ruling party and Ministry of Social Security recently issued a joint order to form “new kinds of disciplinary units” to “actively respond” to “non-socialist activity” in the civilian economy amid the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the order, North Korean authorities pointed out that the nation’s economic woes are worsening amid “intensifying schemes by imperialists to isolate and crush” the country and the continued closure of the border due to COVID-19. More and more people are risking their lives to engage in trade and the state is unable to properly put an end to these activities, it claimed.

The order stressed the urgent need to form “new kinds of disciplinary units” if the authorities wish to reign in and regulate economic misbehavior.

Given how people regularly ditch work and other societal commitments to travel to other regions to buy food, the order noted that “capitalist ideology” is entering the country and spreading “very quickly” between people living along the border and people living in the country’s interior.

The order further claimed that people engage in various acts contrary to “socialist lifestyles” and turn a blind eye to activities conducted by “suspicious persons” by failing to report their crimes.

The order pointed out that while the Ministry of Social Security and Ministry of State Security operate disciplinary units and a “unified command” tasked with inspections and crackdowns on “non-socialist and anti-socialist behavior,” these organizations are unable to fully tackle illicit behavior since they operate on an ad-hoc basis. The order mentioned that the country needs a new enforcement body that can conduct patrols 24 hours a day to weed out non-socialist behavior among the people.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the new disciplinary units will be composed of party members of the country’s “labor class” who have been discharged from the military and are working at “Class 1” factories and enterprises (with around 3,000 to 5,000 employees). Between eight to 15 people will be selected for the new units, depending on the size of the factory. The team members will be able to collect monthly living expenses from their original workplaces while “also collecting rations and wages from whichever city, county, or district branch of the Ministry of Social Security operates their disciplinary unit.”

North Korean authorities have ordered that disciplinary unit members form groups of two, issuing them certificates that allow them to uncover illegal business activity, inspect suspicious individuals, and search mobile phones and goods. People who refuse to cooperate or try to run away are to be turned over to the Ministry of Social Security.

The source said that Ministry of Social Security officials will perform summary investigations and issue severe punishments to problematic individuals, including disciplinary or correctional labor.

“The official name of the [new] disciplinary units is the Disciplinary Unit for Maintaining Social Order,” said the source. “The selection process for the units will have been completed by June 30, after which selectees will receive 10 days of training at provincial branches of the Ministry of Social Security.

“The plan is to strengthen the Ministry of Social Security’s role in controlling the people by tasking the units from mid-July with several missions to weed out suspicious persons who break nighttime curfew, sell drugs or moonshine, or watch television late into the night,” he added.

(Excerpt from DailyNK. Article by Lee Sang Yong. Photo by Canva.)

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Karen Secrest
July 6, 2021

North Korea’s economy is in shambles. The people ARE finding 5hey can circumvent the totalitarian regime to make their lives easier.
I’m praying that God the Father will close eyes and ears of the most rabid,ungodly and clear a path through the wilderness to protect. the Ecclesia.
The church is growing and they have support of South Korea which is getting stronger and more vocal. May the Peace and Wisdom needed to move this group forward be active this day….AMEN.



Joni Debord
July 6, 2021

Dear Lord, you are near to the broken hearted and the oppressed. Comfort and strengthen the people of Northern Korea. Show them they are not alone. Fight on their behalf! Put it on our hearts to be remembering them in prayer. Forgive us, forgive me, for being so proud and self absorbed that I stop fighting for them in prayer.

Lori Meed
July 5, 2021

Abba, how You love these precious North Koreans! Pour ours Spirit of Revelation on them that they might know You, the Most High God! God of Hope, blanket this nation with Your abundant goodness, with signs and wonders that point to You. If the ruling family, who call themselves gods, will not humble themselves, remove them as You did Herod and replace them with shepherds after Your own heart! Burn brightly, Oh Light of the World, in this dark place!

Darlene Estlow
July 5, 2021

Father, we pray for the North Korean people. Strengthen those who being to you. Give them wisdom and favor. Draw many to believe in you. Touch the hearts of the leaders with your truth.


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