Video backs reports N. Korea’s military ordered to shoot to kill refugees escaping into China

North Korean soldiers guard behind a border fence separating the North Korean town of Sinuiju and the Chinese border city of Dandong. Reuters/Jacky Chen

North Korea’s military has been ordered to shoot anyone crossing the border into China, even if they had reached Chinese soil. The directive was issued by Kim Jong-Il’s son and heir-apparent, Kim Jong-Un, who is seeking to tighten his grip on the populace, activists and media reports from Seoul say.

It is unknown how many North Koreans have been killed while attempting to cross the 1,000-km long border with China. But South Korean television reporters and human rights activists traveling on the Chinese side of the border recently observed a shooting first-hand.

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