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N. Korea's new leader relies on police control: report
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, July 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea maintains a labyrinth of pervasive security agencies and informants to control the country's 24 million people, a report said Thursday.

   The North has three main security agencies -- the State Security Department, the Ministry of Public Security and the Military Security Command -- and this internal security apparatus, built under former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, will continue to be a key element of new leader Kim Jong-un's political control, according to the report published by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK).

   The HRNK is a nongovernmental organization in Washington, campaigning for improving human rights conditions in North Korea.

   "For sixty years, the internal security apparatus has ensured the survival of the Kim family dictatorship," said North Korean leadership specialist Ken E. Gause, who wrote the report, "Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment: and Examination of North Korea's Police State."

   "Whether or not North Korea collapses, evolves, or continues to muddle through will depend a great deal on the viability of this all-pervasive apparatus," he added.