Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il gave gifts to party leaders to increase their loyalty and provided thorough monitoring.
In order to eliminate and prevent intellectual dissatisfaction, the Kim Il Sung family had a sophisticated two-sided policy of “candy and whip.” The North Korean regime, on the one hand, monitored and eavesdropped on telephone conversations to prevent organized crime, and on the other hand, was cheering on intellectuals with “secret parties” and “rich gifts”. . Most gifts, far more luxurious and plentiful than the general public would expect, were foreign products, and their types were beyond the imagination of the general public. From pianos, electronic organs, electric fans, televisions, to cars with a “216” plate on Kim Jong Il’s birthday, there was a great variety.
If such gifts are given directly from Kim Jong Il, it alone has a privileged consciousness of “selected people” different from the ordinary people and is trusted by Kim Jong Il. You have a feeling. Nature and Kim Jong Il feel like, “Our family will swear loyalty for generations.” (Shin Young-hee, “I was Kim Jong Il’s Dancer”)
Telephones, as well as eavesdropping devices are installed all over the house.
Party leaders and their husbands’ homes, as well as their home phones, had to be exchanged without fail. I don’t know if the purpose is to protect executives or otherwise monitor their movements, but it’s a system that will only connect the phone after telling an operator to connect to the executive’s home somewhere there. Was. (Ibid.)
Kim Jong Il’s aide lives in an apartment standing next to the Central Party Building. Even if you don’t live in a nearby apartment, North Korea will be given a luxurious private car if you become a high-ranking executive of the political bureau candidate or deputy prime minister or higher. The Deputy Prime Minister is a Mercedes-Benz 280, and the Political Bureau member is a Mercedes-Benz 380. Party leaders are even setting up eavesdroppers and monitoring every single move. During work, executives are criticized at lunchtime after a minute of lunch. (Shinichi Nabe, Testimony, North Korea: Starvation or Explosion)