coronavirus update indiaas on : 20 October 2020 05:22 GMT+5:30
COVID-19: North Korea Issues Shoot-To-Kill Orders To Prevent Virus Spread,Says US
The North introduced a new "buffer zone, one or two kilometers up on the Chinese border
COVID-19: North Korea Issues Shoot-To-Kill Orders To Prevent Virus Spread, Says US
New Delhi: The North Korean authorities have issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country from China, as per the commander of the US forces in the South.
The miserly North Korea whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with the major virus outbreak has not confirmed a single case of the disease that has swept the world since first emerging in China, the North's key ally.
In January, Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to try to prevent contamination and in July the state media said it had raised its state of the emergency to the maximum level.
Robert Abrams, US Forces Korea(USFK) commander said that the border shutdown had increased demand for smuggled goods, prompting authorities to intervene.
The North introduced a new "buffer zone, one or two kilometers up on the Chinese border", Abrams told an online conference organized by the Center for the Strategic and International Studies on Thursday in Washington.
"They've got North Korean SOF (Special Operations Forces) out there. ... Strike forces, they've got shoot-to-kill orders in place."
Further, he added that the border closure had effectively "accelerated the effects" of the economic sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear programs with imports from China plunging 85 percent.
The isolated country is also grappling with the aftermath of the Typhoon Maysak, with its state media reporting more than 2,000 houses have been destroyed or inundated.
"The regime right now the military is focused principally on getting their country recovered and to help mitigate the risk of Covid-19," he said.
"We're not seeing any indications right now of any sort of lashing out."
However, CSIS published on its website satellite images of North Korea's Sinpo South naval shipyard, which its experts believe shows activity that could indicate the preparations for the test of the submarine-launched ballistic missile.
US President Donald Trump is seeking reelection in November was the first sitting US leader to meet a member of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled North Korea since its founding.
Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted, without further explanation: "Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!".