North Korea has reportedly released 7,000 prisoners from its labor camps.
Kim Jong-un ordered the move under general amnesty for the 75th anniversary of the founding in 1945 of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
During last month’s anniversary, the pariah state unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other weapons.
Analysts said the missile would be one of the largest of its kind in the world if it became operational, the US writes to express.
Speaking at the October 10 military parade, Jong-un warned that his country will “fully mobilize” its nuclear power if threatened.
According to reports, authorities have now ordered local regions and residents who can barely eat to pay the bill for housing and feeding the ex-inmates.
About 25 prison camps are said to have released nearly 300 prisoners each.
Conditions in the rogue state labor camps are notoriously harsh, with disease and malnutrition rampant.
Lags work long hours and are poorly fed.
A North Korean source said Radio Free Asia : “The prisoners have returned to society, but most of them are known to have no living space or food, so they wander around asking for help.
“This is because most of their families have been destroyed by their long prison life, or because their relatives have been scattered.
“Some of the ex-convicts were hungry and had nowhere to go, so they acted violently or threatened local residents.”
This led to the decision to release the prisoners, the source added.
But residents felt that authorities “are turning the burden on us,” another source told the channel.
The source said: “General amnesties have been granted many times, but this is the first time in my life that I have seen the local offices be ordered to care for released prisoners.
“Most of the released prisoners are frail from various illnesses and severe malnutrition, so many people care for them by sharing their food little by little, even though they don’t have enough for themselves.
“The residents are angry with the impudence of the authorities telling them to take care of these people who have nowhere to go.”
Last month, the US Human Rights Watch group warned that the North Korean legal system is treating detainees with less respect “than an animal.”
It warned that torture, humiliation and forced confessions are regularly used, as it highlighted the inhumane conditions in detention centers.