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New Delhi: Mentioning that India has always desired resolution of all issues with Pakistan bilaterally through dialogue, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday said, New Delhi hoped that the outcome of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to US will convey a clear message to Islamabad that the international community was “deeply concerned about its support to and sponsorship of terrorism”.

He said that terrorism comes naturally to mind when talking about Pakistan and the joint statement, issued by the Pakistan foreign office after Sharif met US President Barack Obama in Washington, devotes considerable space to that particular issue.

Noting that Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani Network have been specifically mentioned in the joint statement for the first time ever, he said, “both are operating out of Pakistan and even the Pakistanis do not deny it. In fact, this is precisely why it is a subject of discussion between President Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.”

“Obama has significantly also raised with Sharif concerns about US nationals being held hostage by terrorist groups in that region,” Swarup said.

“You have also read the assurances about these two organisations specifically and terrorism generally by Pakistan. We would naturally hope that they deliver on these commitments,” he further said.

Swarup said that US and India had agreed to jointly work to disrupt entities such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, D-Company and the Haqqani Network.

Noting it is Pakistan “which has chosen to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy”, Swarup further said, “we hope that this visit conveys a clear message to Pakistan that the international community is deeply concerned about its support to and sponsorship of terrorism.”

Answering a query about assistance to projects in Pakistani Kashmir, Swarup said India was opposed to any developmental project in an area which belongs to it but which is under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan and had made this clear to all countries.

Answering a query on sale of advanced fighter jets to Pakistan, he said India’s reservation to supply of such was well known.

“I am told that this matter is still to be discussed in the US Congress where many leading figures who understand Pakistan well have questioned its rationale.”

Answering another query, he said India has seen statements of Pakistan’s foreign secretary talking about tactical battlefield weapons that they have developed.

“All that I would say is that given Pakistan’s history of clandestine and illegal activity on the nuclear side, obviously the implications of this assertion by Pakistan foreign secretary will have to be carefully considered,” he said, noting the US-Pakistan joint statement mentions that the two leaders discussed “nuclear terrorism”.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Reports on Illegal Activity in Nation Will Be Rewarded By North Korea’s Government

North Korea routinely uses its people to keep each other in line. The local government assigns every citizen to an inminban (neighborhood watch unit), in which members are responsible for monitoring each other for any sign of political disobedience or criminal acts.

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A rally for civil servants from the North Korean Ministry of People's Security. RFA

North Korea’s government has announced it will offer rewards for reports on illegal activity in an effort to more closely monitor its citizens. But rather than motivating the people to snitch on each other, many are resentful of the idea, sources told RFA’s Korean Service.

“The provincial police department had a meeting on Mar. 24 where they announced that they would start paying rewards to those who report illegal phone users, those who complain about the state or its government, smugglers and drug users,” said a source from Ryanggang province in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service on Saturday.

“People who want to get the rewards can file reports and [the government can then] eliminate people filled with discontent,” the source said.

“The results of that meeting were delivered to the public through police stations in each city, county and district,” the source said, adding, “Rewards can range from 50,000 to 300,000 North Korean Won (about $6 to $7).”

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“The government is aware of resentment of how [Kim Jong Un] has handled [the economy], so the Central Committee plans to use the reward system to eliminate those people who are openly dissatisfied with the state,” the source said. VOA
The source indicated that this idea had been tried in the past but was not very popular.

“It did not work out well. The state can’t even guarantee basic living conditions for the people, and the people can’t make their own living without breaking the law, so why would anyone want to report on anyone else?” said the source.

The source said that the rewards are part of a government effort to discourage resentment over the current economic conditions brought on by U.S. and U.N. sanctions, which has made life difficult for everyone.

The sanctions are aimed at depriving the regime of resources it could use to support its nuclear and missile programs.

“The government is aware of resentment of how [Kim Jong Un] has handled [the economy], so the Central Committee plans to use the reward system to eliminate those people who are openly dissatisfied with the state,” the source said.

A second source, from North Hamgyong province, agreed that the reward system was a government ploy to discourage dissent.

“Since the [failure in] the recent summit with the U.S. in Vietnam and the parliamentary election [where voters could choose only one candidate], the people are really disillusioned, and are expressing their thoughts publicly,” the source said.

“[That’s why] they came out with the reward system to maintain social order and to keep the complainers quiet ahead of the Day of the Sun, [a national holiday that falls on the birthday of North Korea’s founding father Kim Il Sung, on Apr 15,]” said the source.

The source said that some believe the implementation of this reward system indicates internal friction within the regime.

“Some residents think there is a security risk or a serious internal situation going on,” the source said. “They usually start giving out these kind of rewards when there’s an important national matter.”

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The source said that the rewards are part of a government effort to discourage resentment over the current economic conditions brought on by U.S. and U.N. sanctions, which has made life difficult for everyone. Pixabay

“It can only mean there’s increased anxiety here,” the source said.

North Korea routinely uses its people to keep each other in line. The local government assigns every citizen to an inminban (neighborhood watch unit), in which members are responsible for monitoring each other for any sign of political disobedience or criminal acts.

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On top of that, each citizen must meet weekly for sessions known as “saenghwal chonghwa,” a group activity in which each citizen must confess individual shortcomings, then hear additional criticism from peers.

An RFA report from mid-March described how saenghwal chonghwa was becoming more strict and invasive following the failed summit with the U.S. (RFA)