SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered at least two people to be executed, ban sea fishing and lock in the capital Pyongyang, against the coronovirus and its economic losses South Korea’s spy agency MPs said Friday as part of frantic security efforts.
Kim’s government ordered diplomats abroad to refrain from any actions that could incite the United States because it is concerned about President-elect Joe Biden’s new approach to North Korea, lawmakers said on the National Peace Service Told reporters after attending a private briefing.
One of the lawmakers, Ha-ke-kung, quoted NIS as saying that Kim was displaying “extreme anger” and taking “irrational measures” on the epidemic and its economic impact.
Ha said that the NIS told lawmakers that North Korea held the person responsible for the mortgage exchange rate after a high-profile money changer toppled in Pyongyang last month. He quoted NIS as saying that North Korea also killed a key official in August for violating government regulations prohibiting goods brought from abroad. Two people were not identified by name.
NIS told lawmakers that North Korea has banned sea fishing and salt production in order to infect seawater with the virus.
North Korea recently placed Pyongyang and northern Jagang Province under lockout over virus concerns. Earlier this month, it took lockout measures in other areas, where officials found unauthorized goods and foreign currencies, Ha quoted NIS as saying.
NIS said that North Korea unsuccessfully attempted a hacking on at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company, which was trying to develop a coronovirus vaccine.
One of the most secretive nations in the world, the agency has a mixed record to confirm the developments in North Korea. NIS said it could not immediately confirm the accounts of MPs.
North Korea has said that it has not received a single coronavirus case on its soil, a claim that has been disputed by outside experts, although it says it is making all efforts to stop the spread of the virus. A major outbreak can have terrible consequences as the North’s health care system remains crippled and suffers from a shortage of medical supplies.
The epidemic forced North Korea to seal the border with China, its largest trading partner and aid donor, in January. With a series of natural disasters during the summer, the shutdown dealt a major blow to the North’s economy, which continues to punish US-led sanctions.
North Korea’s trade with China stood at $ 530 million in the first 10 months of this year, about 25 percent of the same figure the previous year. The price of sugar and spice has increased four-fold, Ha said quoting NIS.
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Groups monitoring North Korea in Seoul said that the North Korean win-by-dollar exchange rate has fallen considerably recently as people have some place to use foreign currency after smuggling after the closure of the China border Received
According to the NIS briefing, North Korea ordered foreign diplomatic missions not to come to America’s provocation, warning their ambassadors if their remarks or actions related to the US caused any trouble with the relationship with Washington.
North Korea’s government remained silent on Biden’s electoral victory over President Donald Trump, with Kim holding three summits on the North’s nuclear arsenal in 2018–19. Although diplomacy eventually stalled, the meetings helped Kim and Trump build personal relationships and prevent the dangers of crude humiliation and destruction they had previously exchanged.
Lawyer Kim Byung-ki cited the NIS as saying that North Korea is displaying concern as its friendly relations with Trump have become fruitless and it will have to start from scratch in dealing with the incoming Biden administration.