North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed that there has been a “serious incident” in the national measures to face the “global health crisis”, according to the national media this Wednesday, which does not give more details on the matter.
The North Korean dictator thus referred to the situation of the country in its fight against the pandemic, and after the regime has indicated that it has not registered no case of covid-19 and applied strict border restrictions that affect trade and the movement of people to prevent the introduction of the virus.
“By neglecting important party decisions in its national emergency to fight the virus in preparation for a global health crisis, officers in charge have caused a serious incident “, Kim said during a meeting of the North Korean single party politburo held on Tuesday and picked up on Wednesday by the state agency KCNA.
This incident “supposes a huge crisis for the security of the nation and its people “, the North Korean Supreme Leader said during the meeting of the Politburo of the Workers’ Party, the country’s highest governing body.
“Incapacity and irresponsibility”
Kim pointed to the “inability and irresponsibility” of top regime officials as “the main factor that hinders the execution of important tasks “, He added that the “struggle” at the party level “must be carried out against ideological defects and other types of negative factors.”
The KCNA mentioned that during the politburo meeting a “report” on such errors was discussed, Although he did not give more details about the incident or the situation of the coronavirus in the hermetic regime.
Due to the pandemic North Korea maintains their borders closed to human trafficking since January 2020.
In the last stretch of that year the country tightened these restrictions even more, As a result, its imports from China (from where it obtains 90% of what it buys from abroad) fell to a minimum and the problems of food shortages affecting the country worsened.
Cross-border trade appeared to rebound in the past months of March and April thanks to the establishment of border logistics centers to disinfect imported goods, according to observers of the regime.
Pyongyang informed the World Health Organization earlier this month that it had tested on more than 30,000 people in the country without detecting a single covid-19 infection, according to the international body.