SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered at least two people to be executed, banned from sea fishing and locked up in the capital, Pyongyang, as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea’s spy agency said Friday. legislators.
Kim’s government has also ordered overseas diplomats to refrain from any action that could provoke the U.S. because it is worried about President-elect Joe Biden’s expected new approach to North Korea, lawmakers told reporters after attending a National Intelligence Service private briefing.
If one of Tae-keung’s legislators cited NIS, he said Kim is “overly angry” and “taking irrational action” because of the epidemic and its economic impact.
If he said the NIS told lawmakers that North Korea executed a major currency exchange in Pyongyang last month after registering the person responsible for the exchange rate fall. Citing the NIS, he said North Korea also executed a key official in August for violating government regulations restricting goods imported from abroad. The two people were not identified by name.
North Korea has also banned sea fishing and salt production to prevent seawater from infecting the virus, NIS told lawmakers.
North Korea recently closed Pyongyang and North Jagang Province for virus concerns. Earlier this month, it introduced blocking measures in areas where officials found unauthorized goods and imported currencies, quoted Ha NIS.
North Korea has made a failed hacking attempt against at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company trying to develop a vaccine against a coronavirus, NIS said.
The agency has achieved mixed results in consolidating North Korean developments in one of the world’s most secret nations. NIS said it could not immediately confirm the report of the legislators.
North Korea has maintained that it has not found any cases of coronavirus on its soil, a claim that has been disputed by outside experts, although it claims it will do everything it can to prevent the virus from spreading. A severe epidemic could have serious consequences because the northern health care system remains crippled and suffers from a chronic lack of medical care.
The pandemic forced North Korea to close its borders with China, its largest trading partner and aid donor, in January. The closure, along with a series of summer natural disasters, dealt a severe blow to the northern economy, punishing U.S.-led sanctions.
North Korea’s trade with China totaled $ 530 million in the first ten months of this year, about 25 percent of last year’s figure. The price of sugar and spices has risen four times, quoted Ha NIS.
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According to North Korean observer groups in Seoul, the North Korean dollar-dollar exchange rate has fallen significantly recently because people have found little room to use foreign exchange after smuggling largely ceased after the Chinese border was closed.
According to the NIS briefing, North Korea has ordered overseas diplomatic missions not to provoke the United States, warning their envoys of the consequences if their remarks or actions about the U.S. cause any problems in Washington relations.
The North Korean government has been silent on Biden’s election victory over President Donald Trump, with whom Kim held three summits over the North’s nuclear arsenal between 2018 and 19th. While diplomacy eventually stalled, the meetings helped Kim and Trump build personal relationships and halted the previously exchanged harsh insults and devastating threats.
Legislator Kim Byung-kee, citing NIS, said North Korea was concerned as its friendly relationship with Trump would become useless and it had to start from scratch in dealing with the incoming Biden administration.