KCNA said Kim made the remarks during a Politburo meeting of the ruling Labor Party, which he called to discuss anti-virus failures. Kim criticized senior officials for their incompetence, irresponsibility and inaction in planning and implementing anti-virus measures in the midst of a long-running epidemic.
“The responsible authorities have caused a major incident in ignoring the important decisions of the party which called for institutional, material and scientific and technological measures to support long-term epidemic work in the face of the global health crisis, which has created a major crisis for the security of the country and its people,” KCN said. .A Kim said.
While North Korea has told the World Health Organization that a corona virus infection has not been detected after testing more than 30,000 people, experts widely doubt the claim is a valid record, given the country’s poor health infrastructure and relations with China.
Since the outbreak, North Korea has described its anti-virus efforts as “a matter of national existence”, banning tourists, expelling diplomats and drastically reducing cross-border traffic and trade. Locking up the economy, which has already been plagued by decades of mismanagement and US-led sanctions on the country’s nuclear weapons program, has further strained it.
During a political conference earlier this month, Kim called on officials to come to terms with the long-running Govt-19 restrictions, indicating that the country is not ready to open its borders at any time despite economic hardships.
The extended border restrictions in the north have come amid uncertainty over the country’s vaccine opportunities. UN to send COVID-19 vaccines worldwide Support program COVAX said it could receive 1.9 million doses of the North in February in the first half of the year, but plans have been delayed by a global shortage.