Sunday, October 2, 2022

North Korea suggests that South Korean balloons contain COVID

Seoul ( Associated Press) – North Korea suggested on Friday that its COVID-19 outbreak began among people who came into contact with South Korea’s balloons, a highly dubious claim that has left its rival in the midst of ongoing tensions over its nuclear program. There seems to be an attempt to be held accountable. ,

Over the years, activists have flown balloons across the border to distribute hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets criticizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and North Korea has repeatedly expressed anger at activists and South Korean officials for not stopping them. Is.

World health officials say the coronavirus is spread by people in close contact who inhale the tiny droplets that travel in the air and are more likely to be in closed and poorly ventilated spaces than outside. South Korea’s unification ministry said there was no possibility that South Korean balloons spread the virus to North Korea.

Relations between the two Koreas remain strained amid a prolonged standoff in US-led diplomacy to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions in exchange for economic and political gains. South Korean and US officials recently claimed that North Korea is ready for its first nuclear test in five years this year amid a fierce series of weapons tests.

State media reports that North Korea’s Epidemic Prevention Center had found clusters of infections in the city of Ifo, near its southeastern border with South Korea, and that some Ifo residents with fever had traveled to Pyongyang. The center said an 18-year-old soldier and a 5-year-old boy had contact with “foreign things” in the city in early April and later tested positive for the Omicron variant.

Calling it “an emergency directive”, the Epidemic Prevention Center ordered officials to “track wind and other weather phenomena and foreign objects coming by balloons” along the inter-Korean border and track its origins to the end. did. He also emphasized that anyone who finds “foreign objects” should immediately inform the authorities so that they can be removed.

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