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North Korea blocks access to Pyongyang ahead of Victory Day

It has been reported that North Korea has completely blocked access to Pyongyang ahead of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day (July 27, the day of the signing of the Armistice Agreement). This appears to be a measure taken to prevent accidents caused by the influx of illegal weapons and explosives into Pyongyang.

According to a North Korean source in the NK Times on the 25th, North Korea has recently completely blocked access to Pyongyang for general vehicles and residents. The period is from July 20th to 30th.

It is said that objects, vehicles, and supplies related to the Victory Day military parade are being returned from each of the 10 guard posts that control access to Pyongyang City, except for national purposes.

The source said, “Since the 1st, we have strengthened access control for residents entering Pyongyang city, including strict inspection of documents and luggage, but have not blocked them,” adding, “However, since the 20th, entry to Pyongyang city has been completely blocked except for national business.” “He said.

At the same time, he said, “As many guests from China and other foreign countries come to this Victory Day event, it seems that the security is being strengthened.” He added, “As of the 20th, citizens who left Pyongyang city are unable to return home and are staying in nearby areas.” “He said.

Meanwhile, on the 25th, Chosun Central Broadcasting announced that a Russian government delegation, following China, will visit North Korea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.

***This article is a translation based on ChatGPT, so it may not match our NK Times Korean content.

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