North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said failures in anti-epidemic work led to an unspecified “serious incident” that put the security of the country and people at risk, state media reported.
The leader criticized senior ruling party officials for neglecting their homework, in the report released on Wednesday by the state-run KCNA news agency which did not explain what had happened or how it turned people in danger.
Kim made the remarks at a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s political bureau on Tuesday.
“By neglecting important decisions of the party in its national fight against emergency antivirus in the context of preparations for a global health crisis, officials have caused a serious incident that poses a serious crisis for the security of the nation and of its people, ”KCNA reported according to the South Korean Yonhap News Agency.
North Korea has installed strict border controls and has not reported any confirmed cases of the coronavirus, although South Korean and American officials have expressed skepticism over the claim.
The country is facing one of the worst economic crises in its 73-year history, amid shortages of food and medicine and warnings of rising unemployment and homelessness.
The country’s economy has been hit by more than a year of border restrictions, flooding caused by natural disasters and international sanctions imposed in response to the regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.