PUBLISHED: 09:54, Thu, Oct 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:54, Thu, Oct 22, 2020
Paranoid authorities in North Korea have instructed people living near the border with China to report on neighbours who have had contact with others outside of the country. Insiders say the regime in Pyongyang is attempting to blame South Korean spies for the crippling economy in the country in the wake of Kim Jong-Un’s decision to close the crucial 880-mile trading border with mainland China.
Officials in North Korea also announced a major crackdown and warned anyone found within half a mile of the border could be shot, Radio Free Asia reports.
Pyongyang said the deterrent forms part of its wider health public health programme to protect the country from the coronavirus pandemic.
North Korea is yet to officially record a single case of the deadly virus.
Details emerged of the new security programme when a resident from the Hamgyong province spoke out.
Kim Jong-Un has warned against travel to the border with China (Image: GETTY)
North Korea is yet to record a single case of coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
The insider said neighbourhood watch units hosted lectures in the border city of Hoeryong on October 15.
During those sessions the source says they were told South Korean spies would attempt to cause a COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The source said: “At the lecture, the speaker said South Korea’s Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP) is viciously maneuvering in the border area to spread the virus into our country.
“The speaker also stressed that border area residents should fight against the enemy’s onslaught against our republic with our keen revolutionary alertness and take pride that we live in the border area.”
The Chinese flag flies in the border city of Dandong (Image: GETTY)