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N. Korea will hold a meeting against the epidemic and call for zero COVID cases Through Soo-hyang Choi

Image: Reuters Berita 24 English -  In the coming weeks, North Korea will have two significant meetings, one of which will be to examine th...

Image: Reuters

Berita 24 English -  In the coming weeks, North Korea will have two significant meetings, one of which will be to examine the nation's anti-epidemic policies, according to official media on Monday. The country claims there have been no new COVID-19 cases since late July.

According to the official KCNA, the rubber-stamp parliament of the isolated nation of North Korea, the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), will meet on September 7 to examine organisational issues and the law on rural development.

Separately, North Korea made the decision to hold an emergency anti-epidemic review national meeting in the first few days of August "to ratify the new orientation" in its policies.

The COVID summit takes place as North Korea announced last week that all of its feverish patients have recovered, signalling the end of its first coronavirus pandemic wave since admitting the virus outbreak in mid-May.

The secretive nation has never made a COVID-19 infection number official. However, it stated that 74 people have passed away since late April, and 4.77 million fever patients have totally recovered.

The powerful Workers' Party of North Korea, whose members make up the large majority of the assembly, frequently creates concerns that are approved by the legislature, which meets infrequently.

The SPA's standing committee decided to call the parliament at its plenary session on Sunday, according to KCNA.

The participants in the weekend meeting adopted the law on medications, among other things, to create a "tight system" to advance public health.

Without going into further detail, KCNA reported that other topics on the table included amending the aerospace development law "to further legalise the activities" in the industry and adopting the "law of self-guard" to create a "all-people self-guard system" to protect people's lives and property.

On the Korean peninsula, where North Korea is subject to international sanctions because of its development of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, space launches have long been a contentious subject.

After South Korea and the United States accused North Korea of conducting a new intercontinental ballistic missile test under the pretext of space development, Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, called for upgrading its space rocket launch facility in order to pursue its space ambitions.

(Corrects items in paragraphs 2, 7-9 of meeting agenda. Some of these topics—which are not on the future agenda—were considered at a plenary meeting of the SPA's standing committee on Sunday.)

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