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 this according to the Kyodo.
Speaking at the party meeting, Jong Un said that the main factors that hinder and create obstacles to the implementation of important tasks set by the party at the congress and plenary sessions are "unprofessionalism and inaction."
"Senior officials in charge of important state affairs neglected the implementation of the important decisions of the party on taking organizational, institutional, material, scientific and technological measures ... associated with the worldwide health crisis, and thus caused a crucial case of creating a great crisis in ensuring the security of the state and safety of the people and entailed grave consequences," he said.
According to Yonhap, the DPRK leader fired senior party members after his statement.
Earlier, Kim Jong Un said the threat of famine in the country during a speech at the plenum of the Central Committee of the DPRK Labor Party.
The North Korean leader called the situation in the country "one of the most difficult in history."