North Korean students living in China must observe restrictions during the mourning period for former leader Kim Jong Il, who died a year ago today, it was reported on Monday.
These students should not “go out in the evenings, nor to drink alcohol, or engage in amusements,” a source in the Chinese border city of Dandong told the Daily NK website.
“They were particularly careful to order them not to go to South Korean restaurants or areas where larger numbers of South Koreans go,” the source said, adding that the 3rd Street area of Dandong, where numerous North Korean students congregate, was mostly vacant.
The source added that the North Korean National Security Agency is patrolling the area to enforce the rules. However, the students were not ordered to go back to North Korea.
The late Kim died last year on Dec. 17, prompting numerous North Koreans to wail and cry in the streets in what appeared to be somewhat scripted events.
But North Korean traders and others seem to have gone back to the isolated, Stalinist state to take part in the public mourning period, where thousands of North Koreans gather in front of a portrait or statue of Kim Jong Il. “There are almost no traders left in town as far as I can see,” the source said. “But none of the students left.”
Furthermore, North Korean restaurants and the customs house in the city were closed.
According to a Pyongyang-based reporter with The Associated Press, North Korea has rolled out the embalmed body of Kim Jong Il, who is still in his khaki jumpsuit. North Korea also showed off his yacht and his armored train, the place where he likely died.
Last week, North Korea successfully launched a rocket--which Western countries and the United Nations Security Council say is a thinly-veiled attempt to test ballistic missile technology--in honor of Kim. It was also touted as a success under new leader Kim Jong Un.
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