According to reports, the North Korean government, led by Kim Jon Un, not only shut down the capital of Pyongyang, but also ordered the execution of at least two people in order to "slow the spread" of COVID-19.
What else would you expect from a communist country under a tyrannical leader?
Lawmakers have reported that said that Kim is concerned with the economic repercussions following the pandemic, and has also ordered diplomats overseas not to provoke the United States as the transition to Joe Biden has begun.
"We've been told that there have been orders to exercise utmost prudence in language," said lawmaker Kim Byung-kee.
One of the lawmakers, Ha Tae-keung, quoted the NIS as saying Kim is displaying “excessive anger” and taking “irrational measures” over the pandemic and its economic impact, the AP reported.
The NIS informed South Korean officials that those executed include a well-known money changer in Pyongyang. Kim reportedly blamed the person for North Korea's falling exchange rate.
The other is a key official who in August was found to be in violation of restrictions placed on goods coming from outside the country amid the pandemic.
Kim also implemented a ban on fishing at sea to prevent seawater from being infected with the virus, according to the NIS. The government also reportedly placed a lockdown on the capital and the northern Jagang province to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The AP also reported that Kim’s government unsuccessfully attempted to hack at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company aiming to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
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