|North Korean parliament session in progress. (File photo from gulftoday/KCNA)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] North Korea adopted laws on social insurance and disinfection at a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly, state media said Thursday, amid a nationwide campaign against the coronavirus.
The North also approved a "master plan" for land development in the east coastal area, possibly including the Mount Kumgang resort area that the country used to run jointly with South Korea. These laws were adopted at a SPA meeting held Wednesday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. The social insurance and security law calls for protecting people's health and "specifies in detail the accumulation and expenditure of social insurance money, the organization, operation and duty of social insurance organ."
The law might be intended to adopt a social security program to cover medical fees and make sure people have basic needs in the form of public insurance amid economic woes from the protracted antivirus efforts and global sanctions. The disinfection law specified that imported goods at "border-passing spots" are strictly disinfected and penalties are imposed in case of violations, in a possible sign preparations may be underway to resume trade activities. The "master plan" for land development in the east coastal area could include the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort, though the KCNA didn’t provide any further details.