Freedom in North Korea

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On Monday, North Korea declared a state of heightened security in and around the capitol calling for forbidden movement in and out of Pyongyang and increased property searches and personal inspections in anticipation of a congressional meeting, the first of its kind in thirty-six years.  This meeting is anticipated to be used to solidify Kim’s leadership and continue the spread of propaganda across the nation, the nation’s foreign minister at the United Nations stating, “One of the most important things through this party congress is to show to the entire world the union of our people. I’m sure our country will be even more vibrant after the party congress to build up a more prosperous and powerful, economically sound nation.”  This congress is held following a “loyalty drive” which requires members of the workforce to work extended hours in order to show devotion to the nation and the party.  Events such as this congress contribute to the outside view of the nation as one of an authoritarian rule which continues to impress its beliefs and practices upon the people of the nation while suppressing individual identity and freedom.  This has given foreign nations more reason to impose sanctions on the country, most recently the UN has decided to increase sanctions on the country last March.