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    North Korea Extends COVID-19 National Emergency to End of Year

    2020-04-28


    North Korea has extended its COVID-19 national emergency to the end of the year in anticipation that the global pandemic will continue, raising concerns among residents that keeping the border with China closed will deal a serious blow to the economy.

    “On the 23rd, the Central Party ordered the provincial quarantine command to extend the national emergency quarantine posture through the end of the year,” a senior official in North Pyongan province, who requested anonymity due to fear of reprisal, told RFA’s Korean Service on April 26.

    “[They] ordered stronger quarantine measures in response to the prolonged outbreak,” the source said.

    The source said that the order was part of follow-up measures after the Politburo of the party convened to discuss the global pandemic April 11.

    “The national emergency quarantine posture for the coronavirus has been designated again as a matter of grave concern for the country,” the source said.

    “As a result, the resumption of border trade and maritime trade, which has been blocked for months, has been postponed without any promise [of reopening],” the source said.....https://www.rfa.org/english/news/kor...020184222.html

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    Video claiming Kim Jong Un’s death spreads in North Korea


    Kim still a no show as speculation about his health continues

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    Ha Yoon Ah
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    2020.04.28 9:07am
    After a video claiming North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has died began circulating in the area of North Korea bordering China, North Korean authorities are intensifying efforts to identify how the video entered the country, Daily NK has learned.

    “The video in question looks like it was broadcast by Korean Central Television [KCTV] and entered the country through China,” a North Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK on Monday. “The video claims that Kim suddenly died during on-the-spot guidance [on-the-spot inspections].”

    A “BEWILDERING” VIDEO

    The video, which is around five minutes long, shows the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in the background while a caption states that “Our Beloved Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un passed away during on-the-spot guidance.” The video claims that Kim Jong Un died during a guided field trip on Saturday (Apr. 25) at 12:30 AM, and that his sister Kim Yo Jong, the first deputy director of the North Korean communist party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department, would be succeeding him.

    The video also included scenes from a past ceremony commemorating Kim Jong Il’s death along with the image of a non-existent article from the “The People’s Korea” – a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan.

    Daily NK sources reported that the video, despite its lack of authenticity, is spreading quickly in North Korea.

    The authorities have quickly move...https://www.dailynk.com/english/vide...s-north-korea/

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    N. KOREA DICTATORKIM JONG-UN REPORTEDLY DEAD ...After Botched Heart Surgery

    4/25/2020 10:33 AM PT
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    North Korea's Supreme Leader/dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly died, or is on his death bed with no hope for recuperation -- according to media outlets in China and Japan.
    Amid reports China has sent a medical team to their communist neighbors this week to check in/advise on Kim, a Hong Kong-backed news channel's vice director -- who's apparently the niece of a Chinese foreign minister -- blasted out the news herself ... he's dead.

    The woman put the report on a social media app called Weibo for her nearly 15 million followers to read, citing a "very solid source" about the claim Kim had, in fact, perished. A Japanese magazine reports he's in a "vegetative state" after a heart surgery gone wrong.

    The outlet reports -- citing a Chinese medical expert privy to the situation -- that Kim had clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside there. He needed a stent procedure done, but apparently ... it either wasn't done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon -- with some reports saying he had shaky hands...https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/25/north...rgery-reports/

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    Japanese media reports N. Korea's Kim Jong Un in vegetative state

    Shukan Gendai claims individual from dictator's Chinese medical team divulged information


    By Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
    2020/04/25 12:38

    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese media, citing the medical team treating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, say the failure of initial surgery has left the 36-year-old in a vegetative state.

    Amid conflicting reports about Kim's health, Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Gendai reported on Friday (April 24) that a Chinese medical team member on the mission to North Korea briefly explained the situation to its senior writer, Kondm Daisuke.

    The medical expert said during a visit to the countryside earlier this month, Kim clutched his chest and fell to the ground. A doctor accompanying Kim immediately carried out CPR and took him to a nearby hospital for emergency care.

    ...https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3922763

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    Kim Jong Un seen to be walking around in Wonsan, says U.S. official
    Updated April. 25, 2020 10:23
    It has been reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who has recently become subject to rumors about his health moved to Wonsan to avoid COVID-19. The U.S. authorities captured Kim walking on his own.

    “It has been identified that Kim Jong Un had been staying in Wonsan during the entire last week,” said a U.S. government official. “He was seen to be walking on his own between April 15 and 20.” It has been reported that the movements of Kim’s cars and close associates were also witnessed and Kim was walking on his own without help from others or being in a wheelchair. The U.S. authorities seem to have identified such information based on the analysis of radars and images captured by reconnaissance planes.


    “As some of Kim’s aids and high-ranking officials have contracted COVID-19, Kim seems to have left Pyongyang, which has a high population density, as a preventive measure,” ...http://www.donga.com/en/List/article...s-U-S-official

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    N.K. media stay mum on leader's whereabouts amid rumors on his health

    North Korea 11:51 April 24, 2020
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    SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korean media outlets have stayed mum on leader Kim Jong-un's whereabouts without putting out any reports on his public activity amid persisting speculation over his health.

    Speculation about Kim's health problems spiked after CNN reported earlier this week, citing a U.S. official, that Washington is looking into intelligence that Kim is in "grave danger" after a surgery.

    North Korea's state media have recently put out reports on Kim sending diplomatic letters and conveying gifts to honored citizens but stopped short of providing reports or photos featuring his public activity.

    On Wednesday, state media said Kim had sent another message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, expressing gratitude for congratulating him on the anniversary of his late grandfather and national founder Kim Il-sung's birthday.

    No reports, however, on the leader's "field guidance" trips or photos on his public activities have been released by state media for nearly two weeks.

    Kim was last seen in state media on April 11 presiding over a political bureau meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, calling for strict measures against the coronavirus.


    But his absence from a key ceremony com...https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020042...?section=nk/nk

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    Vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television says North Korea leader kim jong un is dead.

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    Defense chief says N. Korean military plane activities on 'unusual' rise

    13:32 April 24, 2020

    SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has shown an "unusual increase" in inspecting its artillery's readiness and carrying out air force flight operations, heightening tensions in the region, Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said Friday.

    The South Korean defense chief made the remark in a congratulatory message for a commissioning ceremony of medical and veterinary officers, noting that the North has been concentrating on its weapons development while remaining unresponsive to offers for talks.

    "North Korea ... has been heightening military tensions through an unusual increase in the inspection activities for its combat readiness posture, mostly of its artillery, and in its air force planes' flight operations," he said....
    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200424004000325

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    APRIL 24, 2020 / 3:10 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO
    Exclusive: China sent team including medical experts to advise on North Korea’s Kim, sources say



    BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with the situation.

    The trip by the Chinese doctors and officials comes amid conflicting reports about the health of the North Korean leader. Reuters was unable to immediately determine what the trip by the Chinese team signaled in terms of Kim’s health.

    A delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday, two of the people said. The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring North Korea.

    The sources declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.

    The Liaison Department could not be reached by Reuters for comment late on Friday. China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Friday.

    Daily NK, a Seoul-based website, reported earlier this week that Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12. It cited one unnamed source in North Korea....https://www.reuters.com/article/us-n...263DW?rpc=401&

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    Coronavirus: panic buying of food staples in Pyongyang, as North Korea insists it has no cases
    • Food prices in North Korea are reportedly rising sharply because of panic buying, but this is not related to reports that leader Kim Jong-un is ill
    • North Korea has told the World Health Organisation it has tested 740 people for Covid-19 and released 25,139 from quarantine, and all were negative...https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia...ng-north-korea

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    North Korea internal lectures contradict nation's claim of no COVID-19 cases


    Apr. 24, 2020 - 2:16 - North Koreans have reportedly been informed by government lectures that there are infections in the country; Greg Palkot reports.
    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6151871866001#sp=show-clips

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    True scale of North Korea's coronavirus deaths 'very likely exceeds imagination' and is being hidden to avoid embarrassing China, defector warns
    09:10 EDT, 24 April 2020
    • Regime terrified of 'shockwaves' that would rock society if real impact known
    • The new hospital being built in Pyongyang is all part of the propaganda effort
    • Senior official says it is 'absurd lies' to claim country had no coronavirus cases
    • 'To Kim Jong-un, letting hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of North Koreans die of the disease like worthless slaves would not be an issue
    North Korea is hiding the true devastation dealt to its people by coronavirus in a bid to spare China embarrassment, a senior defector has revealed.

    The regime is also desperate to keep its death toll from the people, he said, and was terrified of the 'shockwaves' that would rock society if the real impact was known.

    And the new hospital being built in Pyongyang is all part of the propaganda effort, he told the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK).

    Kim Myong, who held a senior government role in North Korea, said it was 'absurd lies' to claim the country had no coronavirus cases and the true number 'very likely... exceeds imagination'. ....https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tor-warns.html

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    Korean Peninsula Expert Believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Has Passed Away


    This is just his speculation.
    ....According to Kuki News‘ report, Chairman Jang quoted a source revealing that Kim Jong Un is currently in very serious condition.
    Kim Jong Un’s health condition is very serious, and just this morning, the North Korean administration came to the conclusion that it will be impossible for him to recover.

    – Chairman Jang Sung Min

    When asked about the life or death of Kim Jong Un, the source avoided giving a direct answer and simply answered, “That’s all you need to know.”....https://www.koreaboo.com/news/korean...n-passed-away/

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