The feedback got here after Mr Kim declared victory over Covid and ordered preventative measures to be eased simply three months after acknowledging an outbreak.
The state Korean Central Information Company reported on Thursday that his sister stated he had suffered a fever and blamed the nation’s instances on leaflets flown throughout the border from South Korea.
Many specialists imagine the totalitarian regime has misrepresented the true scale of the virus in a bid to assist keep the Kim household’s management of the nation.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, stated it strongly regrets North Korea’s “extraordinarily disrespectful and threatening feedback” that have been based mostly on “ridiculous claims” concerning the supply of its infections.
North Korea first admitted an outbreak in Could and has since reported round 4.8million “fever instances” in a inhabitants of 26 million. It has named solely a fraction of these as Covid instances, and insists solely 74 folks have died.
“Since we started working the utmost emergency anti-epidemic marketing campaign (in Could), each day fever instances that reached a whole bunch of 1000’s throughout the early days of the outbreak have been diminished to beneath 90,000 a month later and constantly decreased, and never a single case of fever suspected to be linked to the evil virus has been reported since July 29,” Mr Kim stated in his speech on Wednesday, in keeping with state media.
“For a rustic that has but to manage a single vaccine shot, our success in overcoming the unfold of the sickness in such a brief time period and recovering security in public well being and making our nation a clear virus-free zone once more is a tremendous miracle that might be recorded on this planet’s historical past of public well being,” he stated.
His sister, Kim Yo Jong, referred to as the nation’s virus disaster a “hysteric farce” kicked off by South Korea to escalate confrontation.
She claimed that her brother had suffered fever signs and praised his “energetic and meticulous steerage” for bringing an “epoch-making miracle” within the battle in opposition to Covid-19.
“(South Korean) puppets are nonetheless thrusting leaflets and soiled objects into our territory. We should counter it toughly,” she stated.
“We’ve got already thought of varied counteraction plans, however our countermeasure have to be a lethal retaliatory one.”