February 25, 2024
Border Controls

Russia ships rapid coronavirus diagnosis equipment to North Korea: MFA

1500 kits intended to help improve DPRK's ability to "prevent the spread of the disease," Moscow says

Russia has provided North Korea with 1500 kits designed to provide "rapid" diagnosis of the novel coronavirus, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement Wednesday, as Pyongyang seeks foreign help in preventing a potential epidemic within its territory.

In a shipment reportedly made on the request of DPRK authorities, the Russian foreign ministry said the country had "transferred 1,500 test systems for rapid laboratory diagnostics of this type of coronavirus to Pyongyang."