North Korea ‘blows up joint liaison office’ with South

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He’s alive (maybe)! North Korean media releases unverified images of a smiling Kim Jong-Un making his first public appearance for 20 days amid claims he had died and handed power to his sister

  • The despot cut ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory in Sunchon, state media said, and released photos
  • Kim ‘attended the ceremony’ and ‘all participants broke into thunderous cheers of ‘hurrah!’ when he appeared
  • The dictator was accompanied by several senior North Korean officials, including younger sister Kim Yo Jong
  • He had not been seen since a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on April 11 and there were rumours he had died

True scale of North Korea’s coronavirus deaths ‘very likely exceeds imagination’ and is being hidden to avoid embarrassing China, defector warns

  • Regime terrified of ‘shockwaves’ that would rock society if real impact known
  • The new hospital being built in Pyongyang is all part of the propaganda effort 
  • Senior official says it is ‘absurd lies’ to claim country had no coronavirus cases
  • ‘To Kim Jong-un, letting hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of North Koreans die of the disease like worthless slaves would not be an issue’