technology is aiding the North Korean regime in surveilling citizens,
the Chosun Ilbo reported on Monday. The regime bought thousands of
CCTV cameras between January and November last year from Chinese
from Chinese customs shows that North Korea bought in 16,420 CCTV
cameras last year at a cost of approximately $1.66 million.
is estimated that North Korea has purchased about 100,000 cameras
from China since 2009 which was when China started publishing data on
bilateral trade. The number of cameras imported by North Korea has
steadily decreased since 2009's importing of 40,465 CCTV cameras.
unnamed South Korean government official suggested that, "All
surveillance equipment there has something to do with the regime's
attempt to tighten control on society." It has been suggested by
other commentators on North Korea that the cameras are intended for placement in
border regions to halt defections.