On Sunday, following America's threat, North Korea conducted mass evacuation drills in secondary and tertiary cities and towns, particularly along the east coast, across the country.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017.
As tensions between the US and North Korea continue to grow, the regime has been conducting safety measures for its people amid threats of nuclear war.
"Further, the military operates outside of North Korea to hunt down asylum seekers, and brutally detains and forcibly returns North Korean citizens", he said. "They must realize how serious the situation is".
The unusual North Korean drills have divided experts too, who are wondering whether the drills are a sign that the regime feels more threatened than before, or wants to create the perception that it is taking care of its citizens.
The sanctions, which freeze assets within U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit transactions involving USA citizens, are the latest in a series of measures the United States has taken to pressure North Korea into ridding itself of nuclear weapons.
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Defectors have spoken of frequent air raid drills during times of tension in North Korea but not in recent years. -South Korean military and diplomatic collaboration had taken on "a new urgency".
The grim report comes after tensions between the USA and North Korea peaked over accelerated missile and nuclear tests by Kim Jong Un's regime, exacerbated by a war of words between Kim and President Donald Trump.
In 2013, when relations with South Korea were tense, the North Korean government requested that vehicles in Pyongyang cover their roofs with camouflage netting.
In 1994, during a confrontation with Washington over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, daily air raid drills reportedly took place.
CRS doesn't go as far as Bannon, but its assessment presents lawmakers with a sobering view of what conflict could look like if the United States takes preemptive action against North Korea with the "fire and fury" Trump has threatened to rain on Kim. The US military has also ramped up military deployments near the Korean peninsula.