(PresidentialWire.com)- As North Korea faces a massive crop shortage, an economic crisis, and a COVID-19 pandemic without the tools and technology to combat it, the wife of dictator Kim Jong Un is now also missing. At least, missing from the eyes of the press.
According to lawmakers in South Korea, Ri Sol Ju, the wife of Kim Jong Un, is “staying well with her children” despite not having made any appearance to the media for over a year now.
After being briefed by the South Korean National Intelligence Committee, lawmakers revealed how Kim’s wife had moved out of the public eye to protect herself from contracting the Chinese coronavirus.
“A large number of incinerators are installed in [regions] such as Sinuiju and Nampho to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through imported goods,” Kim Byung-Kee, a South Korean lawmaker, told the press. He also said that North Korea was cracking down on goods being smuggled across the Russian and Chinee borders, with North Korean officers ordered to shoot any “humans, animals, or birds” that approach the nation’s border.
During the briefing, legislators were also informed of how North Korea hacked Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, in an effort to steal technology, data, and information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
While the country officially claims to have had zero cases of the COVID-19 virus, it’s extremely unlikely given the highly infectious nature of the disease. Nonetheless, the closing of North Korea’s borders has caused great hardship in the country. Trade with China has fallen by 99% over the last year, and legislators say that the country has a shortage of at least 4.5 million tons of crops this year.
Ha Tae-keung, an opposition lawmaker who sits on the Intelligence Committee, told journalists that there are 1,580,000 attempts at cyberattacks every day on average, which is an increase of 32% over last year. The lawmaker also revealed how hackers from North Korea continue to send malicious emails to steal money and tech information.
The NIS also told lawmakers that Kim Jong Un’s title, in English, has now changed from “chairman” to “president.”
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, has also been demoted from the Workers’ Party’s Political Bureau. The NIS suggested that the demotion was done to “highlight Kim Jong Un’s position” to global powers in comparison to his sister.