September 07, 2020 11:42
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday sacked Workers Party members in North and South Hamgyong provinces for failing to prepare for typhoon Maysak and visited flood-hit areas.
He also recruited 12,000 party members from Pyongyang to help with recovery efforts in the typhoon-hit areas.
Kim earlier praised apparatchiks in Hwanghae Province when he visited the area after typhoon Bavi.
But on Saturday, looking cross and sartorially challenged in a beige Mao hat, Kim was clearly intent on passing the blame for his regime's failings to party officials in a bid to appease public discontent amid the triple whammy of international sanctions, the coronavirus epidemic and heavy flooding.
The official Rodong Sinmun daily on Sunday said Kim sent a letter to a committee in North Hamgyong Province pledging to send the 12,000 party members from Pyongyang.
The newspaper said some 1,000 homes were destroyed by the typhoon on the northeastern coast, including Tanchon and Sinpo, while swathes of farmland were inundated.
Meanwhile, North Korea's Sinpo shipyard, where it is building submarines, was apparently left unscathed by the typhoon, according to satellite image analysis by the website 38 North.
The U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies said satellite images also show signs of an impending test launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
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