No surprise but the international community does need to keep the pressure on. And this is another indicator of the statement that Mr. McCreary made in NightWatch today:
Those analysts who hoped that a younger, western educated Kim would be more modern and progressive have proven to be far too optimistic. Kim Jung Un's regime is more severe than that of Kim Chong-il.V/R
North Korea expanding gulags, satellite images show
North Korea is expanding its network of camps for political prisoners, apparently to meet demand for a growing gulag population, according to new satellite images.
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
9:06AM GMT 26 Feb 2013
Analysis of images by the Committee for Human Rights in North Koreaindicates that the size of Camp No. 25 alone has increased 72 per cent and perimeter guard posts, which numbered 20 in 2003, had increased to 43 in 2010.
The camp is believed to house some 5,000 prisoners, in conditions that human rights groups have described as "deplorable."
The detailed pictures, provided by DigitalGlobe, a US-based commercial satellite image company, also show the perimeter fence has been extended by around 4,600 feet, agricultural plots have been rearranged and a new gateway has been constructed.
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Based on the images and information from defectors, the human rights group believes North Korea is being forced to expand its prison network for a number of reasons, one being the purges conducted by Kim Jong-un of senior members of his father's administration out of concern that they pose a threat to his power base.
As well as these individuals, their families and bureaucrats that supported their roles in the previous administration are being sent to prison camps.
In addition, patrols have been stepped up along North Korea's border with China to capture defectors, while Chinese authorities are also cooperating in returning North Koreans who make it over the border but are caught in China.
A third explanation that is being put forward is a consolidation of the regime's gulag system.
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