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US does not have data on coronavirus cases in North Korea

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The Pentagon has no data on cases caused by a new coronavirus disease in the DPRK. This was announced on Friday during a video briefing by the commander of American troops on the Korean Peninsula, General Robert Abrams.

“DPRK official statements state that there are no cases. We cannot say that there are cases,” he said, answering the corresponding question. “I know that the armed forces (Korean People’s Army) were completely isolated for 30 days and “only recently have regular training been resumed. Aircraft, for example, have not flown for 24 days.”

When asked whether the United States recorded any suspicious activities in the field of biological or chemical weapons, the general replied in the negative. “There are no signs that the DPRK is trying to introduce biological weapons or something like that,” Abrams said.

The North Korean authorities, as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus, have suspended international flights and the sending of passenger trains to China and Russia since early February.

The entry of foreigners into the territory of the people’s republic, as well as their departure from the country, was completely stopped. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry recommended that foreigners staying on the territory of the country not leave the embassies and the diplomatic quarter of Pyongyang.

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