North Korean leader blasts weather service for 'incorrect' forecasts
Published on Jun 12, 2014 1:46 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has censured his country's weather service for "incorrect" forecasts in a rare public dressing down of a government body in the reclusive nation, which suffers regular natural disasters.
Mr Kim criticised the science used in observations and called for the use of modern equipment in the unusual rebuke, which came during an inspection of the Hydro-meteorological Service, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
"There are many incorrect forecasts as the meteorological observation has not been put on a modern and scientific basis," Mr Kim said, urging the agency to "fundamentally" improve its work and equipment.
Accurate forecasts are needed to protect the "lives and properties" of people from disasters caused by "abnormal climatic phenomenon", he said.
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