N Korea issues shoot-to-kill orders to prevent COVID-19 entering from China: US

11 Sept 2020

N Korea issues shoot-to-kill orders to prevent COVID-19 entering from China: US

The impoverished North -- whose crumbling health system would struggle to deal with a serious virus outbreak -- has not confirmed one case of the disease that has swept the planet since first emerging in China, the North's key ally. Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to undertake to stop contamination, and in July state media said it had raised its state of emergency to the utmost level.
US Forces Korea (USFK) commander Robert Abrams said that the border shutdown had increased demand for smuggled goods, prompting authorities to intervene. The North introduced a replacement “buffer zone, one or two kilometers abreast of the Chinese border Abrams told a web conference organizea by the middle for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.