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Kim Jong Un Criticises Officials Over Slow Medicine Deliveries Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Kim Jong Un has lashed out at his workers and one of his officials after the delayed completion of the hospital he had ordered finished by October 2020. The angery tyrant has reportedly sent one of his officials to a labor camp and allegedly condemned another to death for attempting to replace medical equipment for the hospital with those made from China. Kim specifically ordered the equipments from Europe as he felt these were more superior in quality.

According to Metro, construction on the Pyongyang General Hospital started in March 2020 and was expected to be completed by Oct 10 the same year. But nearly two years after the ordered deadline, the hospital is still unfinished. The assigned lead for the project is believed to have been detained in North Korea’s ill-reputed forced labor camps, namely the Sungho-ri labor camp, known for its dreadful conditions and terrifying punishments. The camp was referred to as “the camp of no return”.

A source revealed that the chief of staff of the Heroes’ First Brigade was sentenced to the labor camp in April after a review by the Central Committee and the Central Prosecutors’ Office. In a report from the Daily NK, the source who spoke to the media outlet on Aug. 30 said, “A serious shortage of rebars was discovered during a review by the Central Committee and the Central Prosecutors’ Office."

Last year, it was said that Sungho-ri was repurposed into a prison for specific senior officials and individuals working on classified projects. The source went on to say that the chief of staff could still possibly return to normal life.

Meanwhile, nine officers were sentenced to a minimum of three years and a maximum of nine years for theft of property and misappropriation of state funds. It is unclear if these officers were sent to Sungho-ri. The camp previously housed political prisoners but since revamping its purpose, it has now become temporary detention for offenders to be reeducated. The original prisoners were all transferred to Camp 17 which recorded over 20,000 inmates between July 2021 and June 2022.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the south side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

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