Citizenry fears additional sanctions to follow nuclear test

Kang Mi Jin; Kim Chae Hwan  |  2016-09-09 21:06
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North Koreas sudden nuclear test on Friday has already triggered voices of concern within the North regarding the likelihood of intensified sanctions from the international community and ensuing hardships. The fifth test comes at a time when there are already complaints about recent instability in market prices, and blame is turning toward the regimes nuclear ambitions.

Many are angry and commenting that rather than improving their lives, the development of nuclear weapons only makes things more difficult because of sanctions, a source from North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK in a telephone conversation on Friday. On top of all this, the years harvest has been poor and people are already worrying about next years food situation."

Complaints this time around are not only emanating from members of the public. The source reported that some Party cadres are also in disagreement, as it is common knowledge that each nuclear test costs the equivalent of millions of tons of rice.

The prospects of even stronger sanctions from the international community are increasingly likely in light of Pyongyangs latest test, leading to the belief that it will also impact peoples livelihoods. While Kim Jong Un continues his drive to build up a strong military in order to secure stability for the regime, the people of North Korea remain focused on day to day survival, which is why the countrys nuclear development program is receiving greater criticism from the North Korean people.

Meanwhile, a source in Ryanggang Province (neighboring North Hamgyong Province, where the test was carried out) relayed accounts from individuals who felt the effects of the test. People said that while visiting the victory memorial tower for the Pochonbo Battle in Hyesan to lay down flowers for the 68th Foundation Day, they suddenly felt tremors. They were initially in disbelief, but that turned to shock when they heard the nuclear test announcement later, he explained.

The Ryanggang-based source noted that following the first and second nuclear tests, many cheered and praised the General [Kim Jong Il] when the announcements were made. Following todays test however, not only is there a lack of celebration, people are more worried than anything about the looming possibility of life getting more difficult. 

*Translated by Jiyeon Lee
*Edited by Lee Farrand

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