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S Korean Spies Say DPRK Executed Lockdown Rule-Breakers, Shut Down Pyongyang in War With COVID-19

© AP Photo / Cha Song HoPedestrians wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, 1 April 2020, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Pedestrians wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, 1 April 2020, in Pyongyang, North Korea.  - Sputnik International
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One official was reportedly executed for importing banned goods into the country amid increased customs controls at the border due to the pandemic. Another senior official was executed on charges of currency exchange fraud.

North Korea has executed at least two officials amid economic difficulties during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to South Korean intelligence officials.

 South Korean intelligence also notes that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un has recently taken “irrational measures” amid economic difficulties, in particular, raised commodity prices and reduced industrial production.

In addition, it was ordered to suspend fishing and salt production due to concerns that sea salt could be infected with the coronavirus.

A lockdown regime was introduced in Pyongyang and Chagando province. It is also reported that Pyongyang, amid measures to contain the coronavirus, may postpone a national congress of the ruling Workers' Party, which was scheduled to take place in January.

Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed that there were no cases of infection with COVID-19 in the country during a speech at an annual military parade.

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