North Korea Warns Citizens Using Mobile Phones Will Be Branded ‘War Criminals’

The Telegraph reports today that the new North Korean regime under Kim Jong-Un — son of the late Kim Jong-Il — issued a warning that any citizen caught trying to defect to China or using a mobile phone during the 100-day mourning of Kim Jong-Il’s death will be branded a “war criminal.” The move has been interpreted as North Korea’s leaders trying to ensure stability of the new regime. The Telegraph adds that those caught trying to flee “usually end up in the North’s network of hard labour camps, human rights groups have reported, while repeat offenders can expect to be executed.” (HT: FP Passport)