North Korea holds 1st local police chief meeting in 12 years

North Korea's local police chiefs met for the first time in 12 years in what is seen as an effort to tighten controls on residents.

The state-run media reported that the national conference of branch public security station chiefs was held in Pyongyang. The country's leader Kim Jong Un had a photo session with participants on Sunday.

The media quoted Kim as saying that "the heads of the branch public security stations and security officers living nearest to the people should become sharp blades resolutely struggling against all the elements that encroach upon the socialist country."

Branch public security stations surveil residents along with law enforcement duties.

The North Korean leadership has been wary of the inflow of foreign culture.

Since 2020, it has introduced laws aimed at strengthening control on ideology and language along with stricter border control to block the coronavirus.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said that the conference was held to tighten North Korea's grip on social discipline.