Seoul, April 29: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the execution of a senior official in the country’s foreign ministry, according to a recent report. Kim Jong Un ordered the “punishment” after the official bought medical supplies from China instead of Europe for a general hospital in Pyongyang, Seoul-based daily NK reported on April 23. North Korea tells WHO it is still virus-free.
Kim Jong Un ordered execution of top Foreign Ministry official for importing Chinese-made medical equipment: report
According to The reportKim Jong Un wanted authorities to set up the hospital in a hurry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was shown a proposal for medical equipment needed at the hospital. The proposal said medical equipment from China would arrive by the end of April. This angered Kim Jong Un, who expected equipment made in Europe, according to the report. Kim Jong Un administered with COVID-19 vaccine from China, high-ranking North Korean officials were also pictured: reports.
Kim Jong Un, who studied in Europe, would be massively impressed with the high quality healthcare infrastructure in European countries. According to the outlet, the ministry official responsible for managing imports and exports was executed, and a senior health ministry official was also fired for the misstep. The deceased official was early 50 years old.
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