Kim Jong-un, at times through tears, has once again assured that North Korea has not detected a single case of Covid-19 and thanked the North Koreans for “being healthy, without a single victim of this malicious virus“.
The North Korean leader has expressed hope that countries around the world successfully combat the pandemic and he wished the “dear compatriots of the South” to succeed in “overcoming the health crisis” and that both countries could again “shake hands”.
Although he has sent letters to the southern president wishing that the South will overcome the pandemic, Kim’s words are the first public conciliation message to Seoul Since Pyongyang began to harden its tone in 2019 after the failure of the Hanoi summit on denuclearization with the United States.
Kim’s speech, in fact, has focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, which does not seem to have severely affected the health of North Koreans but is indirectly hitting the country’s economy hard, which has closed its borders tight since the end of January, complicating the entry of foreign capital.
The dictator has also mentioned the three typhoons that have hit the country hard this summer, thanking the army for its work in reconstruction, and also the international economic sanctions, toughened since 2017 due to the increase in their weapons tests.