October 23, 2021

North Korea cracks down on illegal drug use with new law

Latest move may be effort to assert greater control of society and combat "anti-socialist" acts

North Korea passed a law on the “Prevention of Drug-related Crimes” on Thursday to address “harmful illegal acts” to society, according to state media.

A top group called the presidium from North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), passed the new anti-drug measure along with laws meant to improve the metal, chemical and machine industries, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.