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  •  North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
     North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia

    North Korea’s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so, according to its state media.

    It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    Earlier this month, a U.

    S. state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing “millions of rockets and artillery shells” from North Korea, which would violate multiple UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the North.

    In response, a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement.

    “We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them,” the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North’s defense ministry said in the English-language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The KCNA did not mention the name of the official.

    “We condemn the U.

    S. for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim,” the official added, calling the “rumour” aimed at “tarnishing” the country’s image.

    DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    Still, the official defended the North’s right to develop arms and export them, and took aim at UN Security Council’s resolutions against Pyongyang.

    “Not only the development, production, possession of military equipment, but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state.

    “We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful ‘sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK, which was cooked up by the U.

    S. and its vassal forces,” the official said.

    Seoul’s unification ministry tasked with handling inter-Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North’s claim.

    Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

    In July, the North officially recognised two pro-Russian separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – becoming the world’s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria.

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  •  Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage The typhoon one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Death tolls could climb later in the day authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang More than 60 000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon As a precaution authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan North Korea had also been bracing for the storm with leader Kim Jong un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country s preparedness state media reported Tuesday Kim said boosting Pyongyang s disaster response was crucial as nothing is more precious than the people s life and safety news agency KCNA reported Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation On Tuesday morning the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan known as the East Sea in Korea 100 kilometres 62 miles off Tsushima island according to the Japan Meteorological Agency Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday More than 35 000 households were without power in Japan s southwestern Kyushu region Kyushu Electricity said in a statement Some of Japan s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain and many local trains also paused service operator JR Kyushu said At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu s airport were cancelled public broadcaster NHK reported
    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea
     Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage The typhoon one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Death tolls could climb later in the day authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang More than 60 000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon As a precaution authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan North Korea had also been bracing for the storm with leader Kim Jong un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country s preparedness state media reported Tuesday Kim said boosting Pyongyang s disaster response was crucial as nothing is more precious than the people s life and safety news agency KCNA reported Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation On Tuesday morning the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan known as the East Sea in Korea 100 kilometres 62 miles off Tsushima island according to the Japan Meteorological Agency Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday More than 35 000 households were without power in Japan s southwestern Kyushu region Kyushu Electricity said in a statement Some of Japan s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain and many local trains also paused service operator JR Kyushu said At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu s airport were cancelled public broadcaster NHK reported
    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea

    Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday, before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage.

    The typhoon, one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades, hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan, which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops.

    Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang, an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said.

    Death tolls could climb later in the day, authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon, including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang.

    More than 60,000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon.

    As a precaution, authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide, and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights — but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan.

    North Korea had also been bracing for the storm, with leader Kim Jong-un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country’s preparedness, state media reported Tuesday.

    Kim said boosting Pyongyang’s disaster response was crucial as “nothing is more precious… than the people’s life and safety”, news agency KCNA reported.

    Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation.

    On Tuesday morning, the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea, 100 kilometres (62 miles) off Tsushima island, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

    Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour, it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday.

    More than 35,000 households were without power in Japan’s southwestern Kyushu region, Kyushu Electricity said in a statement.

    Some of Japan’s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain, and many local trains also paused service, operator JR Kyushu said.

    At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu’s airport were cancelled, public broadcaster NHK reported.

  •   North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid 19 resurgence as initially suspected The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province which borders China after finding four new fever cases there North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity The official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said Thursday that the new cases were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 But on Friday it said they were actually not Covid infections and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted All the fever cases in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters The fever cases recovered with normal temperature The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid
      North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid 19 resurgence as initially suspected The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province which borders China after finding four new fever cases there North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity The official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said Thursday that the new cases were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 But on Friday it said they were actually not Covid infections and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted All the fever cases in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters The fever cases recovered with normal temperature The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid
    Foreign1 month ago

    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid

    North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid-19 resurgence as initially suspected.

    The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province — which borders China — after finding four new “fever” cases there.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday that the new cases were “suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic” — just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid-19.

    But on Friday, it said they were actually not Covid infections, and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted.

    “All the fever cases… in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza,” KCNA said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    “The fever cases recovered with normal temperature.

    ”The isolated nation, which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic, confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who also fell ill during the outbreak — declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country’s “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” as officially reported cases fell to zero.

    North Korea has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million “fever” cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, according to state media.

    Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang’s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control.

    North Korea has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs, experts say.

    It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of “retaliation”.

  •  North Korea s state media reported four new fever cases Thursday saying they were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero But four new fever cases were recorded in Ryanggang province which borders China on August 23 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters Authorities immediately locked down the area where fever cases occurred and at the same time urgently mobilized rapid mobile anti epidemic teams and rapid diagnosis and treatment team KCNA said They are also taking measures to probe into the cause of the fever outbreak it said North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity It has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media It has reported no new cases since July 29 until now Experts including the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It is not believed to have vaccinated any of its 25 million residents although it may have received some vaccines from China Seoul based specialist site NK News has reported Pyongyang has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea reports four new ‘fever’ cases
     North Korea s state media reported four new fever cases Thursday saying they were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero But four new fever cases were recorded in Ryanggang province which borders China on August 23 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters Authorities immediately locked down the area where fever cases occurred and at the same time urgently mobilized rapid mobile anti epidemic teams and rapid diagnosis and treatment team KCNA said They are also taking measures to probe into the cause of the fever outbreak it said North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity It has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media It has reported no new cases since July 29 until now Experts including the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It is not believed to have vaccinated any of its 25 million residents although it may have received some vaccines from China Seoul based specialist site NK News has reported Pyongyang has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea reports four new ‘fever’ cases
    Foreign1 month ago

    North Korea reports four new ‘fever’ cases

    North Korea’s state media reported four new fever cases Thursday, saying they were suspected of being infected with the “malignant epidemic” — just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid-19.

    The isolated nation, which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic, confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who also fell ill during the outbreak — declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country’s “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” as officially reported cases fell to zero.

    But four new fever cases were recorded in Ryanggang province — which borders China — on August 23, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    Authorities “immediately locked down the area where fever cases occurred and at the same time urgently mobilized rapid mobile anti-epidemic teams and rapid diagnosis and treatment team,” KCNA said.

    They are also “taking measures to probe into the cause of the fever outbreak,” it said.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    It has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million “fever” infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, according to state media.

    It has reported no new cases since July 29, until now.

    Experts, including the World Health Organization, have long questioned Pyongyang’s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control.

    North Korea has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs, experts say.

    It is not believed to have vaccinated any of its 25 million residents, although it may have received some vaccines from China, Seoul-based specialist site NK News has reported.

    Pyongyang has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of “retaliation”.

  •  North Korean leader Kim Jong un has declared victory in his country s emergency campaign against COVID 19 state media reported Thursday three months after the nation reported its first COVID 19 outbreak Kim made the announcement during a national meeting on anti epidemic measures he presided over the previous day in Pyongyang according to the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA He solemnly declared the victory in the maximum emergency anti epidemic campaign for exterminating the novel coronavirus that had made inroads into our territory and protecting the lives and health of the people Touting the success of three months of the impoverished nation s antivirus measures Kim proclaimed a decision to lower its maximum emergency epidemic prevention system to a normal level Kim however stressed the need for continued vigilance and stricter measures in border areas to prevent COVID 19 from gaining entry to the country He cited the global spread of variants and monkeypox He clarified the principles and important tasks to be fulfilled in further consolidating the victory in the maximum emergency anti epidemic campaign He maintained the steel strong anti epidemic barrier and intensified the anti epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis the KCNA had reported An unmasked Kim made the speech at a large hall crowded with officials who were all without masks photos released by state media showed Meanwhile Kim Yo jong the leader s younger sister served as vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea She blamed the country s virus crisis on the hysteric farce from the South to escalate confrontation and reiterated the claim that objects from the South carried the virus into the North What matters is the fact that the south Korean puppets are still thrusting leaflets and dirty objects into our territory she was quoted as saying at the meeting by the KCNA in a separate English language article We have already considered various counteraction plans but our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one If the enemy persists in such dangerous deeds as fomenting the inroads of the virus into our Republic we will respond to it by not only exterminating the virus but also wiping out the south Korean authorities she added She even revealed that her brother had fallen ill with a high fever himself amid the country s antivirus fight in her speech praising the leader s efforts to manage the situation Observers in Seoul said her message appears to be aimed at boosting internal unity by shifting the blame to the South and highlighting the leader s self proclaimed care for the people The accusation against the South is apparently intended to dilute a public perception that the Kim regime is responsible for the virus crisis said Hong Min director of the North Korean Research Division at the Korea Institute for National Unification For North Korean authorities it was like killing two birds with one stone as it allowed for an opportunity to justify its hostile policy against South Korea he said Pyongyang announced its first COVID 19 case on May 12 after claiming to be Coronavirus free for over two years and implemented nationwide lockdowns The North s daily fever tally has remained at zero since July 29 after peaking at over 392 920 on May 15 Last month the North claimed its coronavirus outbreak originated from alien things found near the inter Korean border alluding to balloon carried materials sent by North Korean defector groups in South Korea such as anti Pyongyang leaflets The North s latest declaration came just before South Korea and the U S were set to kick off the allies Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise on Aug 22 amid concerns that Pyongyang could dial up regional tensions with military provocations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N.K. leader declares victory in fight against COVID-19
     North Korean leader Kim Jong un has declared victory in his country s emergency campaign against COVID 19 state media reported Thursday three months after the nation reported its first COVID 19 outbreak Kim made the announcement during a national meeting on anti epidemic measures he presided over the previous day in Pyongyang according to the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA He solemnly declared the victory in the maximum emergency anti epidemic campaign for exterminating the novel coronavirus that had made inroads into our territory and protecting the lives and health of the people Touting the success of three months of the impoverished nation s antivirus measures Kim proclaimed a decision to lower its maximum emergency epidemic prevention system to a normal level Kim however stressed the need for continued vigilance and stricter measures in border areas to prevent COVID 19 from gaining entry to the country He cited the global spread of variants and monkeypox He clarified the principles and important tasks to be fulfilled in further consolidating the victory in the maximum emergency anti epidemic campaign He maintained the steel strong anti epidemic barrier and intensified the anti epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis the KCNA had reported An unmasked Kim made the speech at a large hall crowded with officials who were all without masks photos released by state media showed Meanwhile Kim Yo jong the leader s younger sister served as vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea She blamed the country s virus crisis on the hysteric farce from the South to escalate confrontation and reiterated the claim that objects from the South carried the virus into the North What matters is the fact that the south Korean puppets are still thrusting leaflets and dirty objects into our territory she was quoted as saying at the meeting by the KCNA in a separate English language article We have already considered various counteraction plans but our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one If the enemy persists in such dangerous deeds as fomenting the inroads of the virus into our Republic we will respond to it by not only exterminating the virus but also wiping out the south Korean authorities she added She even revealed that her brother had fallen ill with a high fever himself amid the country s antivirus fight in her speech praising the leader s efforts to manage the situation Observers in Seoul said her message appears to be aimed at boosting internal unity by shifting the blame to the South and highlighting the leader s self proclaimed care for the people The accusation against the South is apparently intended to dilute a public perception that the Kim regime is responsible for the virus crisis said Hong Min director of the North Korean Research Division at the Korea Institute for National Unification For North Korean authorities it was like killing two birds with one stone as it allowed for an opportunity to justify its hostile policy against South Korea he said Pyongyang announced its first COVID 19 case on May 12 after claiming to be Coronavirus free for over two years and implemented nationwide lockdowns The North s daily fever tally has remained at zero since July 29 after peaking at over 392 920 on May 15 Last month the North claimed its coronavirus outbreak originated from alien things found near the inter Korean border alluding to balloon carried materials sent by North Korean defector groups in South Korea such as anti Pyongyang leaflets The North s latest declaration came just before South Korea and the U S were set to kick off the allies Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise on Aug 22 amid concerns that Pyongyang could dial up regional tensions with military provocations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N.K. leader declares victory in fight against COVID-19
    Foreign2 months ago

    N.K. leader declares victory in fight against COVID-19

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared victory in his country’s emergency campaign against COVID-19, state media reported Thursday, three months after the nation reported its first COVID-19 outbreak.

    Kim made the announcement during a national meeting on anti-epidemic measures he presided over the previous day in Pyongyang, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    He solemnly declared the victory in the maximum emergency anti-epidemic campaign for exterminating the novel coronavirus that had made inroads into our territory and protecting the lives and health of the people.

    Touting the success of three months of the impoverished nation’s antivirus measures, Kim proclaimed a decision to lower its maximum emergency epidemic prevention system to a normal level.

    Kim, however, stressed the need for continued vigilance and stricter measures in border areas to prevent COVID-19 from gaining entry to the country.

    He cited the global spread of variants and monkeypox.

    He clarified the principles and important tasks to be fulfilled in further consolidating the victory in the maximum emergency anti-epidemic campaign.

    He maintained the steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensified the anti-epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis, the KCNA had reported.

    An unmasked Kim made the speech at a large hall crowded with officials who were all without masks, photos released by state media showed.

    Meanwhile, Kim Yo-jong, the leader’s younger sister served as vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

    She blamed the country’s virus crisis on the hysteric farce from the South to escalate confrontation and reiterated the claim that objects from the South carried the virus into the North.

    “What matters is the fact that the south Korean puppets are still thrusting leaflets and dirty objects into our territory,’’ she was quoted as saying at the meeting by the KCNA in a separate English-language article.

    “We have already considered various counteraction plans but our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one.

    ’’ “If the enemy persists in such dangerous deeds as fomenting the inroads of the virus into our Republic, we will respond to it by not only exterminating the virus but also wiping out the south Korean authorities,’’ she added.

    She even revealed that her brother had fallen ill with a high fever himself amid the country’s antivirus fight in her speech praising the leader’s efforts to manage the situation.

    Observers in Seoul said her message appears to be aimed at boosting internal unity by shifting the blame to the South and highlighting the leader’s self-proclaimed care for the people.

    The accusation against the South is apparently intended to dilute a public perception that the Kim regime is responsible for the virus crisis, said Hong Min, director of the North Korean Research Division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

    “For North Korean authorities, it was like killing two birds with one stone as it allowed for an opportunity to justify its hostile policy against South Korea,’’ he said.

    Pyongyang announced its first COVID-19 case on May 12 after claiming to be Coronavirus-free for over two years and implemented nationwide lockdowns.

    The North’s daily fever tally has remained at zero since July 29 after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15. Last month, the North claimed its coronavirus outbreak originated from alien things found near the inter-Korean border, alluding to balloon-carried materials sent by North Korean defector groups in South Korea, such as anti-Pyongyang leaflets.

    The North’s latest declaration came just before South Korea and the U.

    S. were set to kick off the allies’ Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise on Aug. 22 amid concerns that Pyongyang could dial up regional tensions with military provocations.

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  •  North Korea s Kim Jong Un declared a shining victory over Covid 19 as his sister revealed he had fallen ill during the outbreak which she blamed on Seoul state media said Thursday Addressing a meeting of health workers and scientists Kim announced a victory in the war against the malignant pandemic disease according to the official Korean Central News Agency The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity It has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media It has reported no new cases since July 29 This handling of the pandemic is a miracle unprecedented in the world s public health history Kim said to thunderous applause according to KCNA The victory gained by our people is a historic event Kim s high fever Kim s powerful sister Kim Yo Jong said the top leader himself had been ill during the outbreak according to another KCNA report Kim was suffering from high fever during the days of this quarantine war but he could not lie down for a moment as he was thinking about the people he was responsible for his sister said This is the first time North Korea has indicated its leader whose health is the subject of extraordinarily close scrutiny by analysts had been infected by the coronavirus Yo Jong also claimed the country s Covid 19 outbreak was caused by South Korea warning of retaliation North Korea has previously said that alien things near the border with the South caused the isolated country s Covid outbreak a claim Seoul has rejected Despite a ban that took effect in 2021 South Korean activists have for years flown balloons containing propaganda leaflets and US dollars over the border which Pyongyang has long protested against Yo Jong said such actions were a crime against humanity and that Pyongyang was considering a strong retaliatory response Seoul s Unification Ministry on Thursday said North Korea was repeating a groundless claim and expressed regret that Pyongyang was making rude and threatening remarks Nuclear test Analysts said that the victory declaration indicated North Korea was looking to move on to other priorities such as boosting the economy or conducting a nuclear test said Leif Eric Easley a professor at Ewha University in Seoul Kim Yo Jong s bellicose rhetoric is concerning because not only will she try to blame any Covid resurgence on South Korea she is also looking to justify North Korea s next military provocation he added Experts including the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say South Korea with its advanced healthcare and highly vaccinated population has a coronavirus fatality rate of 0 12 per cent according to official data significantly higher than that reported in the North
    North Korea declares ‘victory’ over Covid, says Kim had fever
     North Korea s Kim Jong Un declared a shining victory over Covid 19 as his sister revealed he had fallen ill during the outbreak which she blamed on Seoul state media said Thursday Addressing a meeting of health workers and scientists Kim announced a victory in the war against the malignant pandemic disease according to the official Korean Central News Agency The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity It has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media It has reported no new cases since July 29 This handling of the pandemic is a miracle unprecedented in the world s public health history Kim said to thunderous applause according to KCNA The victory gained by our people is a historic event Kim s high fever Kim s powerful sister Kim Yo Jong said the top leader himself had been ill during the outbreak according to another KCNA report Kim was suffering from high fever during the days of this quarantine war but he could not lie down for a moment as he was thinking about the people he was responsible for his sister said This is the first time North Korea has indicated its leader whose health is the subject of extraordinarily close scrutiny by analysts had been infected by the coronavirus Yo Jong also claimed the country s Covid 19 outbreak was caused by South Korea warning of retaliation North Korea has previously said that alien things near the border with the South caused the isolated country s Covid outbreak a claim Seoul has rejected Despite a ban that took effect in 2021 South Korean activists have for years flown balloons containing propaganda leaflets and US dollars over the border which Pyongyang has long protested against Yo Jong said such actions were a crime against humanity and that Pyongyang was considering a strong retaliatory response Seoul s Unification Ministry on Thursday said North Korea was repeating a groundless claim and expressed regret that Pyongyang was making rude and threatening remarks Nuclear test Analysts said that the victory declaration indicated North Korea was looking to move on to other priorities such as boosting the economy or conducting a nuclear test said Leif Eric Easley a professor at Ewha University in Seoul Kim Yo Jong s bellicose rhetoric is concerning because not only will she try to blame any Covid resurgence on South Korea she is also looking to justify North Korea s next military provocation he added Experts including the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say South Korea with its advanced healthcare and highly vaccinated population has a coronavirus fatality rate of 0 12 per cent according to official data significantly higher than that reported in the North
    North Korea declares ‘victory’ over Covid, says Kim had fever
    Foreign2 months ago

    North Korea declares ‘victory’ over Covid, says Kim had fever

    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un declared a “shining victory” over Covid-19 as his sister revealed he had fallen ill during the outbreak, which she blamed on Seoul, state media said Thursday.

    Addressing a meeting of health workers and scientists, Kim announced a “victory… in the war against the malignant pandemic disease”, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

    The isolated country, which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic, confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system”.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    It has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million “fever” infections and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, according to state media.

    It has reported no new cases since July 29.

    This handling of the pandemic “is a miracle unprecedented in the world’s public health history,” Kim said to thunderous applause, according to KCNA.

    “The victory gained by our people is a historic event.

    ” – Kim’s ‘high fever’ –Kim’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, said the top leader himself had been ill during the outbreak, according to another KCNA report.

    Kim “was suffering from high fever during the days of this quarantine war, but he could not lie down for a moment as he was thinking about the people he was responsible for”, his sister said.

    This is the first time North Korea has indicated its leader — whose health is the subject of extraordinarily close scrutiny by analysts — had been infected by the coronavirus.

    Yo Jong also claimed the country’s Covid-19 outbreak was caused by South Korea, warning of “retaliation”.

    North Korea has previously said that “alien things” near the border with the South caused the isolated country’s Covid outbreak, a claim Seoul has rejected.

    Despite a ban that took effect in 2021, South Korean activists have for years flown balloons containing propaganda leaflets and US dollars over the border, which Pyongyang has long protested against.

    Yo Jong said such actions were a “crime against humanity” and that Pyongyang was considering “a strong retaliatory response”.

    Seoul’s Unification Ministry on Thursday said North Korea was repeating a “groundless claim” and expressed regret that Pyongyang was making “rude and threatening remarks”.

    – Nuclear test?

    –Analysts said that the victory declaration indicated North Korea was looking to move on to other priorities “such as boosting the economy or conducting a nuclear test,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

    “Kim Yo Jong’s bellicose rhetoric is concerning because not only will she try to blame any Covid resurgence on South Korea, she is also looking to justify North Korea’s next military provocation,” he added.

    Experts, including the World Health Organization, have long questioned Pyongyang’s Covid statistics and claims to have brought the outbreak under control.

    The country has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid-19 treatment drugs or vaccines, experts say.

    South Korea — with its advanced healthcare and highly vaccinated population — has a coronavirus fatality rate of 0.

    12 per cent, according to official data — significantly higher than that reported in the North.

  •   North Korea s rubber stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues state media said Monday The hermit state s legislative body meets only once or twice a year mostly for day long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers Party The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People s Assembly SPA of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter it added Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high ranking officials It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting Kim did not attend the last session in February this year Under Kim the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record breaking blitz of tests this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month Kim said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then US president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange The meeting comes as North Korea has reported no new Covid 19 fever cases in recent days Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered In a separate report KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the successes experience and lessons in the state emergency anti epidemic work
    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September
      North Korea s rubber stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues state media said Monday The hermit state s legislative body meets only once or twice a year mostly for day long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers Party The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People s Assembly SPA of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter it added Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high ranking officials It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting Kim did not attend the last session in February this year Under Kim the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record breaking blitz of tests this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month Kim said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then US president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange The meeting comes as North Korea has reported no new Covid 19 fever cases in recent days Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered In a separate report KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the successes experience and lessons in the state emergency anti epidemic work
    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September
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    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September

    North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues, state media said Monday.

    The hermit state’s legislative body meets only once or twice a year, mostly for day-long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers’ Party.

    “The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

    “The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter,” it added.

    Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high-ranking officials.

    It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting.

    Kim did not attend the last session in February this year.

    Under Kim, the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record-breaking blitz of tests this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.

    Last month, Kim said his country was “ready to mobilise” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul.

    Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange.

    The meeting comes as North Korea has reported “no new Covid-19 fever cases” in recent days.

    Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered.

    In a separate report, KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the “successes, experience and lessons in the state emergency anti-epidemic work”.

  •  North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day state media said adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid 19 infections had recovered The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases deaths treatments and recoveries every day since with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government s response North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country the official KCNA reported Friday The overall anti epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability the report added The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of new COVID 19 sub variants and various diseases and can still mobilise medical workers in case of a crisis it added North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent KCNA has reported The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say In contrast South Korea with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0 12 percent according to official data Hard to believe It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero Ahn Chan il a North Korean studies scholar told AFP Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un s leadership and shore up loyalty regardless of what the truth is Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing progress in controlling the outbreak but experts including the World Health Organization have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people having rejected jabs offered by the WHO s Covax programme The Seoul based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3 554 invasive ventilators from China in June sharply up from April despite an overall decrease in trade But Yang Moo jin a professor at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP that Pyongyang s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed somewhat reliable Things could be getting back to normal as there are no signs of tighter border control no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment and Pyongyang based diplomats remain in place he said
    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak
     North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day state media said adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid 19 infections had recovered The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases deaths treatments and recoveries every day since with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government s response North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country the official KCNA reported Friday The overall anti epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability the report added The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of new COVID 19 sub variants and various diseases and can still mobilise medical workers in case of a crisis it added North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent KCNA has reported The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say In contrast South Korea with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0 12 percent according to official data Hard to believe It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero Ahn Chan il a North Korean studies scholar told AFP Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un s leadership and shore up loyalty regardless of what the truth is Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing progress in controlling the outbreak but experts including the World Health Organization have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people having rejected jabs offered by the WHO s Covax programme The Seoul based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3 554 invasive ventilators from China in June sharply up from April despite an overall decrease in trade But Yang Moo jin a professor at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP that Pyongyang s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed somewhat reliable Things could be getting back to normal as there are no signs of tighter border control no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment and Pyongyang based diplomats remain in place he said
    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak
    Foreign2 months ago

    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak

    North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day, state media said, adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid-19 infections had recovered.

    The isolated country, which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic, announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system”.

    State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases, deaths, treatments and recoveries every day since, with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government’s response.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    “No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country,” the official KCNA reported Friday.

    “The overall anti-epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability,” the report added.

    The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of “new COVID-19 sub-variants and various diseases” and can still mobilise medical workers “in case of a crisis”, it added.

    North Korea has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, KCNA has reported.

    The country has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units, and no Covid-19 treatment drugs or vaccines, experts say.

    In contrast, South Korea — with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population — has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0.

    12 percent, according to official data.

    ‘Hard to believe’“It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero,” Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean studies scholar, told AFP.

    “Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes, it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un’s leadership and shore up loyalty, regardless of what the truth is.

    ”Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing “progress” in controlling the outbreak but experts, including the World Health Organization, have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim.

    North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people, having rejected jabs offered by the WHO’s Covax programme.

    The Seoul-based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3,554 invasive ventilators from China in June, sharply up from April, despite an overall decrease in trade.

    But Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP that Pyongyang’s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed “somewhat reliable”.

    Things could be getting back to normal as “there are no signs of tighter border control, no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment, and Pyongyang-based diplomats remain in place”, he said.

  •  North Korea said on Friday that hundreds of families have fallen ill with an unidentified intestinal illness adding to the strain on a crumbling health system already under strain from Covid 19 Pyongyang announced its first coronavirus cases last month and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and center in the government s response Still the virus has swept through the unvaccinated population of 25 million with more than 4 5 million fever cases and 73 deaths to date according to figures released by state media Based on the country s troubles the official KCNA announced a new acute enteric epidemic in South Hwanghae province this week with Kim urging officials to contain the epidemic as soon as possible In a possible sign of the seriousness of the situation Kim Yo Jong Kim Jong Un s powerful sister was part of a group of senior officials who reportedly personally donated medicine to try to help The medicine will be delivered to more than 800 families suffering from the acute epidemic that broke out in some areas of South Hwanghae province state media KCNA reported on Friday The figure suggests that at least 1 600 people have been infected with the enteric disease The reports have sparked speculation that the unspecified illness may be cholera or typhoid fever If confirmed the outbreak could worsen the country s chronic food shortages as South Hwanghae province is one of the main agricultural regions in the North Experts have warned of a major public health emergency in the north which has one of the world s worst health care systems should covid spread The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity With the North s very outdated medical infrastructure an acute intestinal illness could break out at any moment an official from the Seoul Unification Ministry said according to the Yonhap news agency Seoul is willing to help the North deal with the new outbreak if Pyongyang wants to accept it the official said South Korea previously offered to send vaccines and other medical aid to the North to help it deal with its coronavirus outbreak Pyongyang has not officially responded
    North Korea says hundreds of families ill with intestinal disease
     North Korea said on Friday that hundreds of families have fallen ill with an unidentified intestinal illness adding to the strain on a crumbling health system already under strain from Covid 19 Pyongyang announced its first coronavirus cases last month and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and center in the government s response Still the virus has swept through the unvaccinated population of 25 million with more than 4 5 million fever cases and 73 deaths to date according to figures released by state media Based on the country s troubles the official KCNA announced a new acute enteric epidemic in South Hwanghae province this week with Kim urging officials to contain the epidemic as soon as possible In a possible sign of the seriousness of the situation Kim Yo Jong Kim Jong Un s powerful sister was part of a group of senior officials who reportedly personally donated medicine to try to help The medicine will be delivered to more than 800 families suffering from the acute epidemic that broke out in some areas of South Hwanghae province state media KCNA reported on Friday The figure suggests that at least 1 600 people have been infected with the enteric disease The reports have sparked speculation that the unspecified illness may be cholera or typhoid fever If confirmed the outbreak could worsen the country s chronic food shortages as South Hwanghae province is one of the main agricultural regions in the North Experts have warned of a major public health emergency in the north which has one of the world s worst health care systems should covid spread The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity With the North s very outdated medical infrastructure an acute intestinal illness could break out at any moment an official from the Seoul Unification Ministry said according to the Yonhap news agency Seoul is willing to help the North deal with the new outbreak if Pyongyang wants to accept it the official said South Korea previously offered to send vaccines and other medical aid to the North to help it deal with its coronavirus outbreak Pyongyang has not officially responded
    North Korea says hundreds of families ill with intestinal disease
    Foreign4 months ago

    North Korea says hundreds of families ill with intestinal disease

    North Korea said on Friday that hundreds of families have fallen ill with an unidentified intestinal illness, adding to the strain on a crumbling health system already under strain from Covid-19.

    Pyongyang announced its first coronavirus cases last month and activated a "maximum emergency epidemic prevention system," with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and center in the government's response.

    Still, the virus has swept through the unvaccinated population of 25 million, with more than 4.5 million "fever" cases and 73 deaths to date, according to figures released by state media.

    Based on the country's troubles, the official KCNA announced a new "acute enteric epidemic" in South Hwanghae province this week, with Kim urging officials to "contain the epidemic as soon as possible."

    In a possible sign of the seriousness of the situation, Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, was part of a group of senior officials who reportedly personally donated medicine to try to help.

    The medicine will be delivered to "more than 800 families suffering from the acute epidemic that broke out in some areas of South Hwanghae province," state media KCNA reported on Friday.

    The figure suggests that at least 1,600 people have been infected with the enteric disease.

    The reports have sparked speculation that the unspecified illness may be cholera or typhoid fever.

    If confirmed, the outbreak could worsen the country's chronic food shortages, as South Hwanghae province is one of the main agricultural regions in the North.

    Experts have warned of a major public health emergency in the north, which has one of the world's worst health care systems, should covid spread.

    The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity.

    "With the North's very outdated medical infrastructure, an acute intestinal illness could break out at any moment," an official from the Seoul Unification Ministry said, according to the Yonhap news agency.

    Seoul is willing to help the North deal with the new outbreak if Pyongyang wants to accept it, the official said.

    South Korea previously offered to send vaccines and other medical aid to the North to help it deal with its coronavirus outbreak.

    Pyongyang has not officially responded.

  •  A maskless Kim Jong Un was one of the pallbearers at the state funeral of a top military officer North Korean state media reported on Monday days after Pyongyang claimed its Covid 19 outbreak was under control control Kim on Sunday attended the funeral of Hyon Chol Hae a marshal in the Korean People s Army and reportedly Kim s mentor grooming him for leadership before his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il died in 2011 The official Korean Central News Agency published photos of Kim not wearing a face mask lifting Hyon s coffin along with other regime officials who were masked The North Korean leader has put himself front and center in his country s response to Covid blaming lazy state officials for worsening the outbreak fueled by the Omicron variant Over the weekend KCNA said the epidemic was now being stably brought under control and reported that the death toll decreased dramatically day by day
    Kim Jong Un carries coffin at North Korean military officer’s funeral
     A maskless Kim Jong Un was one of the pallbearers at the state funeral of a top military officer North Korean state media reported on Monday days after Pyongyang claimed its Covid 19 outbreak was under control control Kim on Sunday attended the funeral of Hyon Chol Hae a marshal in the Korean People s Army and reportedly Kim s mentor grooming him for leadership before his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il died in 2011 The official Korean Central News Agency published photos of Kim not wearing a face mask lifting Hyon s coffin along with other regime officials who were masked The North Korean leader has put himself front and center in his country s response to Covid blaming lazy state officials for worsening the outbreak fueled by the Omicron variant Over the weekend KCNA said the epidemic was now being stably brought under control and reported that the death toll decreased dramatically day by day
    Kim Jong Un carries coffin at North Korean military officer’s funeral
    Foreign5 months ago

    Kim Jong Un carries coffin at North Korean military officer’s funeral

    A maskless Kim Jong Un was one of the pallbearers at the state funeral of a top military officer, North Korean state media reported on Monday, days after Pyongyang claimed its Covid-19 outbreak was under control. control.

    Kim on Sunday attended the funeral of Hyon Chol Hae, a marshal in the Korean People's Army and reportedly Kim's mentor, grooming him for leadership before his father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011.

    The official Korean Central News Agency published photos of Kim, not wearing a face mask, lifting Hyon's coffin along with other regime officials, who were masked.

    The North Korean leader has put himself front and center in his country's response to Covid, blaming lazy state officials for worsening the outbreak fueled by the Omicron variant.

    Over the weekend, KCNA said the epidemic was now "being stably brought under control" and reported that the death toll "decreased dramatically day by day."