20 Apr '11, 2am

North Korea imported trucks of gifts for leader: report

North Korea imported trucks of gifts for leader: report

SEOUL: A long convoy of lorries believed to be carrying gifts for North Korea's elite was seen entering the communist state on the eve of a major holiday, according to a South Korean Internet newspaper. The Daily NK, staffed by anti-Pyongyang activists, said on Tuesday it had received video footage of more than 200 trucks crossing the Yalu River nose-to-tail from China on April 14. The North celebrates the anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il-Sung on April 15. It often marks the occasion by presenting party and military elites with gifts such as televisions, watches and home appliances to foster loyalty to current leader Kim Jong-Il, son of the founder. Such a massive convoy of vehicles crossing the International Friendship Bridge is rarely seen on a normal day, said the Daily NK, which published photos of the trucks on its website (www.dailynk.com/english). "It ...

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