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Kim Ups Security As Assassination Fears Escalate

Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009 09:38 AM


North Korea has intensified the personal security of Kim Jong Il in an apparent bid to prevent a possible attack when he travels around the country as public discontent is mounting following tougher social crackdowns.

The impoverished country runs six special luxury trains for its "Dear Leader's" travels around North Korea, designed to protect him from a possible assassination attempt, South Korea's top newspaper Chosun Ilbo, reported Monday.

The trains, with a total of 90 carriages, are armored and contain conference rooms, an audience chamber and bedrooms, the newspaper said, citing information from U.S. and South Korean intelligence authorities. Satellite phone connections and flat-screen TVs are also installed in the trains.

The special trains usually stop at only 19 stations built for Kim's exclusive use, called "No. 1 stations," to prevent any possible attack on him.

The No. 1 stations are no more than 20 miles from his "safe" personal villas scattered across the country. Kim uses bulletproof cars carried by the trains to reach the retreats from the stations.

About 100 security agents are sent in advance to stations Kim uses, to sweep the area for bombs and shut off power to other tracks to prevent other trains from moving until Kim leaves the station, Chosun said.

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