While lifting maximum anti-epidemic measures, Kim said North Korea should “maintain a steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensify anti-epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis,” according to a state news agency report. KCNA.
Observers said the North could clear the way for its first nuclear weapons test since 2017.
North Korea’s official death toll of 74 people is an “unprecedented miracle” compared to other countries, KCNA reported, citing another official.
Pyongyang’s declaration of victory comes despite rolling out any known vaccine program. Instead, the country says it relies on lockdowns, indigenous drug treatments and what Kim calls a “convenient Korean-style socialist system.”
Amidst the measures, the North said it is carrying out intensive nationwide medical checks with daily PCR tests on water collected in border areas.
“Though he was seriously ill with high fever, he could not sleep for a moment to think about the people he had to care for till the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war,” he said in his appreciation speech. His efforts.