North Korea admits to ‘faults’ in anti-virus effort


  • AseanPlus News
  • Thursday, 01 Oct 2020

SEOUL: North Korea has found “faults” in its anti-coronavirus measures, state media said, after an outcry in South Korea over a citizen whom North Korean soldiers killed near their maritime border where tight virus controls are in force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered a rare apology for the killing of the South Korean fisheries officer last week in waters off the west coast of the peninsula.

North Korea said its soldiers shot him because he tried to flee without revealing his identity but denied a South Korean assertion that they then set his body on fire, saying only that a floatation device he had used was burnt in the course of efforts to stop Covid-19.

Kim convened a meeting of the ruling Worker’s Party’s powerful politburo to review anti-virus measures and improve them, the official KCNA news agency said yesterday, adding that participants found “some faults” in their implementation.

KCNA did not elaborate on the faults nor mention the killing of the South Korean man.

“The meeting stressed the need to strictly guard against self-complacency, carelessness, irresponsibility and slackness in the anti-epidemic field, ” it said. — Reuters

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