South Korean intelligence claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered drastic measures as part of frantic efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to control its damage to the economy.
South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered drastic measures as part of frantic efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to control its damage to the economy.
The intelligence report said that Kim has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea, and locked down the capital, Pyongyang.
“Kim Jong Un is taking irrational actions. He is venting his anger excessively and rolling out measures that lack common sense,” said opposition lawmaker Ha Tae-keung.
Ha said that the executed were a foreign exchange dealer for a falling exchange rate and an official at a customs post on the Chinese border for failing to implement strict COVID-19 measures.
The North Korean government has also ordered diplomats overseas to refrain from any acts that could provoke the US due to the uncertainty of President-elect Joe Biden’s expected new approach toward them.
The northern Jagang province was also reportedly locked down over virus concerns along with other areas where officials found unauthorized goods and foreign currencies that were brought in.
The NIS added that North Korean hackers have tried to hack at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company that was trying to develop a COVID vaccine.
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