Kim, who, like the British monarch, inherited his office from his father, wrote her a letter, the North Korean foreign ministry confirmed today
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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has congratulated the Queen on her platinum anniversary.
Kim, who, like the British monarch, inherited his office from his father, wrote her a letter, the North Korean foreign ministry confirmed today.
The content of the message was not disclosed.
It comes on the first day of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Britain’s Head of State on the throne, which included a Trooping the Color display and a flyby through the London skies.
The North Korean leader, no stranger to lavish parades himself, has come under fire following the latest missile tests at a time of heightened global tensions.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Kim Jong Un’s private message to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee falls in line with standard practice of receiving messages from countries with which we have diplomatic relations.”
Officials have not shared the text of the message, saying it was a private message to the 96-year-old monarch.
North Korea and Britain have maintained diplomatic relations since 2000 and have embassies in each country, despite tensions between the two nations.
This year, North Korea has tested a spate of ballistic missiles – banned by UN Security Council resolutions – and appears to be preparing to conduct a new nuclear test for the first time since 2017.
The nuclear-armed state launched several missiles last week, including one believed to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile.
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Kim’s secretive regime is currently battling a severe Covid outbreak.
The World Health Organization today cast doubt on North Korea’s claims of progress in the fight against the virus, saying it believes the situation is getting worse.
North Korean state media said the COVID wave had subsided after the number of people with a fever surpassed 390,000 a day about two weeks ago.
Pyongyang has never directly confirmed how many people have tested positive for the virus, but experts suspect underreporting in government-controlled media releases, making it difficult to assess the magnitude of the situation.
“We expect the situation to get worse, not better,” WHO emergency chief Michael Ryan said during a video briefing.
He said the WHO does not have access to privileged information beyond figures publicly reported by state media.
“We’re having real problems getting access to the raw data and the actual situation on the ground,” Ryan said, adding
WHO is working with neighbors like South Korea and China to try to get a better picture.
North Korea reported 96,610 more people with fevers amid its nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the impoverished country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, state news agency KCNA said today.
It is not known how many people have died from Covid in the outbreak.
KCNA said provinces would “step up” anti-epidemic campaigns, including enforcing some lockdowns and coastal blockades, ramping up production of medicines and medical supplies, and conducting disinfection work.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/north-korean-dictator-kim-jong-27134955 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un sends a letter of congratulations to the Queen