Wednesday, 20 January, 2021

U.S. ‘ready to help’ N. Korea combat virus - State Department

North Korean nat’l suspected with coronavirus murdered Kim Jong-un executes North Korea official who used public bath while in coronavirus quarantine: reports
Cecil Davis | 14 February, 2020, 16:55

The statement comes as the North continues to take measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

On Friday Morgan Ortagus, spokeswoman for the US Department of State, said America was "deeply concerned" about the vulnerability of the North Korean people to a coronavirus outbreak.

"We strongly support and encourage the work of USA and worldwide aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The United States is ready and prepared to expeditiously facilitate the approval of assistance from these organizations", he added. It has also been reported that Kim Jong-un has executed multiple officials using anti-aircraft guns.

The admiral said the U.S. remains vigilant about the threats North Korea poses to its allies and partners, and is bolstering worldwide approaches to reduce that risk.

"They are clearly lying as they don't want to show any weakness or that there is any threat to the regime", Kazianis told the outlet.

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He said all countries should be "as aggressive as possible" and not allow the virus space for regional transmission. At least 135 cases of infection have been confirmed on board, with the ill removed and taken to the hospital.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they meet at the demilitarized zone separating the 2 Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019.

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. It has suspended flights and trains to and from China.

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.

South Korea, which has reported 28 cases of the virus, said there's a need for inter-Korean cooperation to contain the spread of the disease.

A North Korean trade official was shot and killed after visiting a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine for coronavirus precaution, according to South Korean media.

If hit by the outbreak, experts fear the country would be unable to handle the scale of the infection rate.