October 01, 2023

Kim Jong Un hints at leadership purges due to COVID outbreak failures

North Korea records over 230,000 new ‘fever’ cases and six deaths as Kim calls for building new treatment centers

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is blaming officials at all levels for his country’s failure to stem an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, hinting at leadership purges at another politburo meeting on Tuesday, according to state media.

Convening a small meeting with his five politburo presidium officials and three other top officials, Kim positively assessed his government’s current response to the outbreak but said it still must “eradicate weak links and strengthen the health quarantine system,” the Rodong Sinmun reported Wednesday.