North Korea's Kim Says Pandemic-Related "Great Crisis" Has Occurred

North Korea's Kim Says Pandemic-Related "Great Crisis" Has Occurred

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said an unspecified "great crisis" related to the coronavirus pandemic that may jeopardize the safety of the country and its citizens has occurred, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

Andrew H. Sweet

The news agency quoted Kim as saying at the gathering that a major factor "hindering the implementation" is "the lack of ability and irresponsibility of cadres."

Senior party officials faced "sharp criticism" at the meeting, KCNA said, but it did not report those who were removed.

North Korea's ruling party discussed how to "overcome the present food crisis" at its four-day plenary meeting of the Central Committee through June 18, Korean Central Television reported.

It is rare for Pyongyang to use the expression "food crisis" when describing the state of the nation, sparking concern that its citizens have been encountering severe difficulties in obtaining daily necessities.

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