UnNews:North Korea premier apologizes for starvation
11 February 2010
In late November, the North ordered citizens to turn in old bills for new, redenominated currency. However, the measure, which rendered everyone's money worthless, unexpectedly led to people dying of hunger in the country's northeast.
On Friday, Premier Kim Yong Il apologized for the aftermath, the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unidentified source. "I sincerely apologize for the lack of sufficient preparation," Kim read from a statement, implying there is a right way to render the nation's money worthless.
South Korea's Unification Ministry couldn't confirm the published report. But a spokeswoman said it would be "rare" for a top North Korean official to apologize for anything. Lee Jong-joo said the North might next apologize for its multi-generational personality cult, exporting terrorism, and shooting missiles over Japan.