PEACE, North Korea (NV) – North Korean President Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, June 29, reprimanded the country’s top officials for ignoring COVID-19 and causing a “serious crisis,” the BBC quoted state media as reporting. North Korea said.

This is a rare indication of the severity of the pandemic in North Korea, which has insisted that no one has contracted COVID-19, but is questioned by many experts.

President Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Politburo of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, June 29. (Image: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim reprimanded such senior officials during a special meeting of the leaders of North Korea’s ruling party, according to the KCNA news agency.

Because of their negligence, he said, they “caused a serious crisis in ensuring the security of the country as well as the safety of the people and led to many serious consequences.”

The report added that several members of the Workers’ Party of Korea were dismissed – including a powerful Politburo member, including five members, including Mr. Kim.

However, the report did not elaborate on the case and did not name the officials removed.

Ahn Chan Il, a North Korean religious and researcher, told AFP news agency that the country appeared to have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It is also a sign that “Pyongyang is probably in need of international aid,” Il said. “Otherwise, they won’t do it because that’s like admitting the government has failed to fight the epidemic.”

To date, North Korea has closed its borders with other countries to prevent COVID-19.

Domestically, Pyongyang has issued strict restrictions and state media has repeatedly urged people to take precautions against the virus, even warning them late last year to be wary of “yellow dust” from China. Currently, scientists do not know if there is a link between dust from China and COVID-19.

Less than two weeks ago, Chairman Kim Jong Un officially acknowledged North Korea’s food shortage was “stressful,” and asked the people to prepare for the “worst ever” consequences, compared to There was a terrible famine in the country in the 1990s that was estimated to have killed three million people. (Th.Long)

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