North Korea

Report: North Korean Soldiers Sell Files, Take Bribes



SEOUL, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Soldiers in North Korea are resorting to corrupt ways that include selling sensitive files and taking bribes, a think tank says.

Corruption within the ranks of the army of the isolated communist country is rising while the country faces tough U.N. Security Council-imposed sanctions for violating resolutions against conducting nuclear and missile tests, says a report by South Korea's Institute for National Security Strategy.

The Institute's Koh Jae-hong, who released the report, said highly classified data such as orders of the supreme command, wartime plans and guidelines for electronic warfare "are sold for between tens and hundreds of millions of won" to information traders at the Chinese border region, The Chosun Ilbo reported Friday.