Ready to help N.Korea fight coronavirus

Yolanda Curtis
February 14, 2020

Kim In Tea, the INSS team's analyst who defected from North Korea a decade ago, asserted to the Times that the North Korean leader is focused on restructuring his government as he prepares for "a long-term stall in negotiations".

According to the IFRC, its branch in North Korea had mobilized 500 volunteers, and was the only aid organization with access to the four provinces closest to the border with China.

Although North Korea has not reported a single coronavirus case, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Kim and his government have employed drastic measures to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country.

The United States released a statement Thursday offering to help USA and global organizations in North Korea contain the spread of the virus.

But there may yet be hope for the reportedly executed trade official, as news of officials being executed or punished in North Korea has been wrong in the past. "Considering how there are many porous sections of the North Korea-China border - and how the Kim regime depends on illegal trade to survive - it is clear the virus has come to North Korea".

She went on to say that her country strongly supports and encourages the work of USA and worldwide organizations.

"Critical medical supplies are hard to import and vital equipment is unable to be repaired due to the difficulty in procuring parts", he said.

"May I remind as well that many women and children suffer from malnutrition; these are factors that affect the immunity system and render humans more susceptible to infection", he added.

While it was presumed Pyongyang would conduct an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test around the beginning of the new year, South Korean analysts contend that North Korea reconsidered the launch in an effort to not irritate its ally China amid the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

An exemption allowing for a bank transfer to the IFRC's branch in North Korea "is essential as a life-saving intervention", he said.

The report by state media didn't confirm the country's previous quarantine period, but the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang said in a Facebook post earlier this month that North Korea was putting foreign visitors under a 15-day quarantine.

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