Russia says Pyongyang facing severe shortages after COVID-19 measures

Russia says Pyongyang facing severe shortages after COVID-19 measures

MOSCOW–Russia’s embassy in Pyongyang stated Thursday that conditions in North Korea’s capital had actually ended up being incredibly challenging after extreme steps were enforced to fight the coronavirus.

The hermetic totalitarian state, which has yet to verify a single case of the coronavirus, has actually closed its borders, locked down whole cities and taken a variety of other actions to attempt to avoid a break out.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Russian embassy stated foreign diplomatic workers were deserting Pyongyang, with less than 300 immigrants staying in the city.

“Not everyone, far from it, can endure restrictions that are unprecedented in their severity, the most acute shortage of essential goods, including medicine, and the inability to solve health problems,” it stated.

The UN special rapporteur on the rights circumstance in North Korea last month cautioned that anti-coronavirus steps had actually triggered “severe economic hardship” in a nation currently laden with food insecurity.

Impoverished North Korea– which is under worldwide sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic rocket programs– has long had a hard time to feed itself, suffering persistent food lacks.

The anti-virus shutdown has actually cancelled all flights in or out of the nation, in addition to cross-border trains.

Neighboring Russia has close relations with North Korea and preserves a considerable diplomatic existence.

In February, 8 Russian diplomats and member of the family– the youngest of them a three-year-old woman– got back from North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to Pyongyang’s constraints.

Video went viral of the trolley, packed with travel suitcases and ladies, being pressed throughout a border train bridge into Russia.

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Russia says Pyongyang facing severe shortages after COVID-19 measures