In 2010, North Korea was forced out of the World Cup in South Africa after giving up a staggering 12 goals in only three games. Upon returning home, the Korean soccer players were publicly shamed and scolded for their performance on the world stage. This public criticism was something of a rarity in North Korea, as most punishments are doled out in private.
Fortunately for North Korean soccer stars, there will be no concerns of disappointing the nation in the World Cup this year, seeing as the team did not qualify. However, Kim Jong Un has found another outlet for his temper – the country’s weather service.
On Tuesday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim Jong Un voiced his disappointment with the national weather service during a field guide visit to the Hydro-meteorological Service. The source of Kim’s ire was “incorrect” forecasts, making it impossible “to protect the lives and properties of the people from disasters caused by the abnormal climatic phenomenon and prevent various fields of national economy including agriculture and fishery from natural disasters in good time”
N.Korean leader Kim Jong-Un censures country's weather service for "incorrect" forecasts in rare public dressing down http://t.co/D0hSpu902K
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) June 12, 2014
Rather than place the blame upon the people operating the weather service, though, Kim blamed the lack of up-to-date technology available to accurately predict the weather: “It is necessary to fundamentally improve the work of the Hydro-meteorological Service in order to scientifically clarify meteorological and climatic conditions and provide accurate data for weather forecast and meteorological and climatic information required by various fields of national economy in good time,” Kim stated.
Accurate weather forecasts are imperative for North Korea at the moment due to the severe drought the country is facing – the worst the country has seen in more than three decades.
Due to droughts, floods, and other weather phenomena, North Korea constantly faces a food shortage. The UN has reported that nearly two-thirds of North Korea’s 24 million people suffer from chronic food shortages and that one in four children suffer from malnourishment.
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