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N. Korean leader said to order harsher crackdown on defectors
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's government has further intensified its surveillance of residents, viewing the problem of defectors as a serious threat to its regime stability, a source in Seoul said Sunday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently issued an instruction demanding that even the "sound of the drop of a needle" be detected and reported to him, according to the source who ask to remain anonymous.