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February 2020 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- Anti-virus Campaign in Sinuiju City KCNA 29 Feb 2020 -- Sinuiju City in North Phyongan Province of the DPRK conducts an anti-virus campaign to prevent COVID-19.
- Hygienic and Anti-Epidemic Work Brisk in Areas near Frontier and Demarcation Line KCNA 29 Feb 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is directing great efforts to preventing COVID-19 in the areas along the frontier and the demarcation line.
- UN Expert: North Korea Must Allow 'Unimpeded Access' to Help Combat Virus VOA 28 Feb 2020 -- The United Nations human rights expert on North Korea is calling for Pyongyang to allow nationwide "unimpeded access" so aid organizations can help battle the coronavirus.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Joint Strike Drill of KPA Units KCNA 29 Feb 2020 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, guided the joint strike drill of units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Friday.
- UN Approves Sanctions Exemption For WHO to Fight Coronavirus in North Korea Radio Free Asia 28 Feb 2020 -- The United Nations Security Council has approved an exemption requested by the World Health Organization (WHO) so that diagnostic and medical equipment can be transported into North Korea to assist the government in the event of a COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
- North Korea Cancels Festivals Held on Kim Jong Il's Birthday Due to Coronavirus Radio Free Asia 28 Feb 2020 -- Two major national festivals that are held each year in Pyongyang on the late leader Kim Jong Il's birthday on Feb. 16 were canceled this year due to fears of the possible spread of the novel coronavirus, RFA has learned.
- Arrest of Pyongyang Drug Dealer Results in Investigation Implicating a Network of Senior North Korean Officials Radio Free Asia 27 Feb 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have uncovered a string of Pyongyang officials involved in drug crimes after the arrest of a man in his 40s who allegedly had been selling large amounts of methamphetamine in the North Korean capital for years sparked a three-month investigation, RFA learned this week.
- UN OKs Sending Anti-Virus Supplies to North Korea VOA 27 Feb 2020 -- Doctors without Borders, the international medical aid group, can now send medical supplies to North Korea where the government is on high alert in an attempt to remain free of the coronavirus, despite its proximity to China and South Korea.
- North Korea's Senior Officials Hold Meetings by Video Conference to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus Radio Free Asia 26 Feb 2020 -- The North Korean government conducting senior-level meetings by video conference instead of meeting face to face, as fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus reach even high-ranking senior officials in the reclusive country, including Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself, sources in the North told RFA.
- Researches into Prevention of COVID-19 Make Brisk Headway Uriminzokkiri 26 Feb 2020 -- The sci-tech research institutes of the DPRK are now giving priority to developing antiviral medicines in order to take prompt measures in case a patient infected with COVID-19 is spotted in the country.
- Former WHO Official: 'Temporary' Sanctions Relief Needed to Help North Korea VOA 25 Feb 2020 -- A former World Health Organization official with extensive experience in Pyongyang is calling for the international community to grant "temporary" sanctions relief to North Korea to help the country fight the coronavirus that has triggered health emergencies in neighboring China and South Korea.
- North Korea Quarantines 1,300 Suspected Coronavirus Patients in Large Pyongyang Hotel Radio Free Asia 25 Feb 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have isolated about 1,300 residents in a makeshift quarantine station at a hotel in the capital Pyongyang, as worries about the possible spread of the novel coronavirus intensify in the isolated country.
- Senators Call for Stronger Sanctions on North Korea Amid Diplomatic Stalemate VOA 25 Feb 2020 -- U.S. senators are urging stronger sanctions enforcement amid a prolonged stalemate in denuclearization talks with North Korea.
- Anti-COVID-19 Fight Gains Momentum in DPRK Uriminzokkiri 25 Feb 2020 -- Anti-epidemic information campaign is growing more intense in different parts of the DPRK to prevent COVID-19 from entering the country.
- North Korean Hospital Cremates 12 Bodies, Denies Deaths Were Coronavirus Related Radio Free Asia 21 Feb 2020 -- A North Korean hospital's hasty cremation of a dozen patients it said had died of the flu and not of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), has raised fears and suspicions among the public living near the hospital, RFA has learned.
- Cyberthefts Help North Korea Offset Revenue Lost to Sanctions VOA 21 Feb 2020 -- North Korea made up nearly $2 billion of revenue it lost from sanctions by conducting cyberthefts from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges, an expert said.
- Health Education Intensified in DPRK KCNA 20 Feb 2020 -- An anti-virus campaign is getting further intensified in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
- North Korean Police Threaten to Execute Smugglers as Coronavirus Epidemic Continues in China Radio Free Asia 18 Feb 2020 -- Police in North Korea earlier this month issued a decree that warns of stronger punishments for smugglers–including the death penalty-- amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in China and several of its immediate neighbors, RFA has learned.
- N. Korea Says Still No Coronavirus Cases, but Appeals for International Help VOA 18 Feb 2020 -- North Korea continues to insist there are no coronavirus infections within its borders, even as the impoverished country appeals to international aid organizations for help in preventing an outbreak of the disease.
- Bolton: Trump's 'diplomatic outreach' to North Korea a failure Press TV 18 Feb 2020 -- John Bolton, former national security adviser to the US president, has denounced Donald Trump's "diplomatic outreach" to North Korea, calling it a failure.
- Chinese Investors Try to Pull Out of North Korea Contracts as Sanctions Remain Radio Free Asia 14 Feb 2020 -- Several Chinese companies that last year pledged to invest in North Korea's construction sector are trying to back out of their contracts because there are no signs that international sanctions on the isolated country will end soon, sources in the two countries told RFA.
- Former North Korean Diplomat to Run for Seat in South Korea's National Assembly Radio Free Asia 12 Feb 2020 -- A high-profile North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea has officially announced he is running for parliament in the South, in a move that has boosted the spirits of the marginalized North Korean refugee and defector community.
- Length of Isolation against Covid-2019 Prolonged KCNA 12 Feb 2020 -- Anxiety and concern of the international community about the novel coronavirus infection rapidly spreading worldwide are growing stronger with each passing day.
- DPRK Red Cross Society Conducts Brisk Activities to Prevent Covid-2019 KCNA 12 Feb 2020 -- The DPRK Red Cross Society (RCS) is conducting brisk activities to soundly prevent Covid-2019.
- Work to Check Novel Coronavirus Infection Brisk in DPRK KCNA 11 Feb 2020 -- The work to check the novel coronavirus infection is going on in the DPRK.
- Chinese UN mission angry at leakage of DPRK report People's Daily 11 Feb 2020 -- A spokesperson of China's Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Monday expressed indignation and concern over the leakage of a report on sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- S.Korea, U.S. hold talks in Seoul to discuss Korean Peninsula affairs People's Daily 10 Feb 2020 -- Senior diplomats from South Korea and the United States held talks in Seoul Monday to discuss the Korean Peninsula affairs, according to local media reports.
- Coronavirus Kills Income of North Korean Traders in China and Workers Inside North Korea Radio Free Asia 10 Feb 2020 -- North Korean traders stationed in China and working people depending on local markets in North Korean cities are finding it difficult to make ends meets as the novel coronavirus (mCoV) epidemic spreads, RFA has learned.
- Pyongyang Unprepared for Outbreak Like Coronavirus, Says North Korean Doctor Who Defected VOA 09 Feb 2020 -- North Korea's medical system for coping with contagious diseases like the coronavirus is prioritized to protect the elites of the regime in Pyongyang and is unequipped to treat its local citizens, said a former North Korean medical doctor.
- Medicines for Preventing Novel Coronavirus Infection Produced in DPRK KCNA 07 Feb 2020 -- The Biomedicine Institute of the Academy of Medical Science in the DPRK has recently increased the production of medicines amid a brisk campaign for preventing the novel coronavirus infection.
- North Korea Bars New Foreign Diplomats to Block Virus VOA 06 Feb 2020 -- North Korea barred new foreign diplomats from entering the country as it intensified efforts to contain the coronavirus.
- Mask Production Brisk KCNA 06 Feb 2020 -- The Garment Technical Preparation Center under the Pyongyang Municipal Garment Industry Management Bureau speeds up the production of masks needed for checking the novel coronavirus infection.
- Experts: Sanctions Relief Will Not Make North Korea Denuclearize VOA 06 Feb 2020 -- North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons even if sanctions are eased, according to experts who think increasing pressure and enforcing sanctions will lead Pyongyang to relent on its nuclear program.
- DPRK Takes Measures to Check Novel Coronavirus Infection KCNA 05 Feb 2020 -- A campaign for thoroughly checking the novel coronavirus infection is underway in every direction in the DPRK.
- North Korean Workers Return to China as Coronavirus Epidemic Spreads Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Despite the novel coronavirus (nCoV) epidemic in China, North Korean workers who returned home for the Lunar New Year holiday are returning across the border in large groups, sources familiar with the situation told RFA.
- China Coronavirus Lockdown Complicates North Korea Refugee Journeys VOA 05 Feb 2020 -- A vast transportation lockdown meant to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in central China is complicating the already grueling journey of North Korean refugees, according to two sources who help arrange North Korean defector trips.
- Chinese in North Korea's Rason SEZ Moved to Isolated Island Amid Cornavirus Scare Radio Free Asia 04 Feb 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have moved about 70 Chinese-citizen residents of the Rason Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to an isolated island as a measure intended to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the northeast Asian country.
- Abnormal Climatic Phenomena Witnessed in DPRK KCNA 03 Feb 2020 -- In recent years, abnormal climatic phenomena have been witnessed so often in the DPRK as the seawater temperature in the equator and the subtropical zone goes up as a whole due to the global warming and much quantity of heat moves toward the middle latitudes.
- Measures for Preventing New Coronavirus in DPRK KCNA 03 Feb 2020 -- The National Hygienic and Anti-epidemic Center under the Ministry of Public Health in the DPRK takes strict measures for preventing the infection of new coronavirus. -0-
- Active Steps Taken in DPRK to Prevent Novel Coronavirus Infection KCNA 03 Feb 2020 -- The National Hygienic and Anti-epidemic Center under the Ministry of Public Health is pressing for timely steps to thoroughly check the spread of the novel coronavirus infection which arouses worldwide concern.
- Hygienic Information Service Brisk in DPRK KCNA 02 Feb 2020 -- The DPRK has briskly conducted the hygienic information service to prevent the novel coronavirus infection.
- Rodong Sinmun Calls for Redoubling Effort to Prevent Spread of Novel Coronavirus KCNA 01 Feb 2020 -- It is necessary to redouble an effort to prevent the global rapid spread of the new coronavirus in order to reliably safeguard the life of the people and the security of the state, says an editorial of Rodong Sinmun on Saturday.
- Experts: Russia Skirts Sanctions on N. Korean Workers to Defy US-led Pressure VOA 01 Feb 2020 -- Russia has been dodging U.N. sanctions and hiring North Korean workers to push back against the U.S.-led maximum-pressure policy, while supplementing the shrinking labor supply in its Far East, experts say.
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