Kim Jong Un reportedly executed two people, closed capital over COVID-19 fears
North Korean despot Kim Jong Un executed two people, closed the country’s capital, and banned fishing at sea in a frantic attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Friday.
The tyrant has been lashing out with “excessive anger” and taking “irrational measures” in recent weeks as a result of the pandemic, said one of the officials, Ha Tae-keung, who was briefed by National Intelligence Service.
Kim allegedly had a high-profile money changer killed in Pyongyang last month and a key official executed for violating regulations about imported goods in August, he said. Neither of the victims were identified.
The North Korean dictator also placed the city of Pyongyang and northern Jagang province under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — and had a South Korean pharmaceutical company hacked to learn secrets about the vaccine it was developing, officials said.
In a bizarre decision, Kim also banned fishing and salt production at sea to prevent seawater from being infected with the deadly virus, the NIS told lawmakers.
This is despite the North Korean government insisting that the country hasn’t had a single coronavirus case — a claim that’s disputed by health experts.
A COVID-19 outbreak in the secretive nation could have a crippling effect on its health care system, which lacks proper medical supplies.
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