With Suicides Up 40%, Kim Jong Un Demands N. Koreans Stop Killing Themselves

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a secret order for local authorities to prevent suicides after data showed an increase in people taking their own lives this year, government officials told Radio Free Asia.
  • Though RFA was not able to confirm North Korea’s tally, the South Korean National Intelligence Service reported at the end of May that suicides were up about 40% compared to last year.
  • Kim officially defined suicide as an “act of treason against socialism,” and ordered local governments to take preventative measures.