Elizabeth Shim, with UPI.COM, reports:
SEOUL, April 29 (UPI) -- North Korea is investigating its "first" bank robbery after a break-in at a branch of the country's central bank. A source in North Hamgyong Province who spoke to Radio Free Asia on the condition of anonymity said the robbery occurred April 4, in the Shinam district of Chongjin, a city near the China border.
"Because this is the first time the bank has been robbed since the founding of the country, many people are fixated on the incident," the source said.
… The bank robbers … took off with a total of 70 million North Korean won, a currency for which there is no official exchange rate.
Perhaps more than in any other country on earth, the rule of law is unyielding and unforgiving in Jong-un's North Korea. As a result, in a country where even the smallest infractions of the law are severely punished, bank robberies and other such crimes are nearly unthinkable and virtually non-existent.
But the near perfect compliance of the citizenry has not created the utopia one might expect. Instead, the iron fisted rule of Kim Jong-un has created a fearful, hellish existence for most of the over 24 million who populate the country.
Herein lies an important lesson: While strictly enforced laws bring order to a society, they cannot bring joy and happiness to that society. That's because the law, even the law of God revealed through Moses, was never intended to be the principle by which man was to be ruled. Rather than the rule of law, what the world needs, and what God promises to provide, is the rule of love. This is promised in the coming reign of Christ. At His return, Jesus will bring in a Kingdom of both love and order--something dictators like Kim Jong-un have never been able to do.
“For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17, NLT).
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18).