AGI – La North Korea defends the official version of zero contagion from Covid-19 in the country, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party, headed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Not a single person has contracted the coronavirus” in North Korea, Kim said in his speech to commemorate the event, and during which he expressed his wishes to all who suffer from the disease in the rest of the world.
In particular, Kim wished South Korea a “quick recovery” from the Covid-19 pandemic, in what appears to be a soothing message to Seoul, after relations between the two Koreas had plummeted in years following the explosion of the inter-Korean liaison office last June, which had cooled relations again. “I wish my South Korean friends that the Covid-19 epidemic is soon over,” Kim said.
The North Korean leader he also thanked the soldiers for their efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, in which North Korea declares that it has not registered infections, and against the natural disasters that have hit the country in recent weeks. “The patriotic devotion of the soldiers both on the quarantine front and on the relief of natural disasters,” Kim said in his speech to commemorate 75 years since the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party in North Korea, and of which heads, “it cannot be treated without tears of gratitude.”
As for the economic consequences, Kim apologized for the country’s difficulties, which he attributes to “harsh and long-lasting” sanctions North Korea is undergoing for the development of its nuclear program, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters. “I am ashamed of not having been able to properly repay your trust,” he said in a passage from his speech to celebrate the anniversary. “My efforts and my devotion have not been able to get our people out of the difficulties of livelihood.”