Ri Pyong Chol rushes to Hyesan to deal with the “Hyesan Incident”
Ri Pyong Chol, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, has rushed to Hyesan, Yanggang Province, in the wake of a recent case of smuggling in the city that has come to be known as the “Hyesan Incident.” A Daily NK source in the country said on Wednesday that it seems Ri has been entrusted by the Central Committee with ascertaining the problems that have arisen with the case and coming up with measures to deal with them.
Speaking on the phone with Daily NK, the source, who is based in Yanggang Province, said the entire province had been “thrown into a state of chaos” due to the smuggling incident (in Korean) that occurred in Hyesan early this month, adding that Ri had been rushed to the city to “deal with the chaos.”
According to the source, cadres of the Ministry of State Security sent from Pyongyang to Hyesan conducted an intensive investigation during the 20-day lockdown that was implemented after a border guard busted while attempting to smuggle gold disappeared early this month. ......