June 20, 2021

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North Korean media highlights growing U.S.-China spat over COVID-19 origins

DPRK could be "on the way to blaming the U.S. for the coronavirus," analyst says

North Korean media this week reported on a growing spat between the U.S. and China concerning the origins of the COVID-19 virus, which includes a conspiracy theory mirroring one pushed by the DPRK during another similar outbreak in 2015.

Recent days have seen China pushing a narrative that the U.S. military may have somehow deliberately spread the virus in Wuhan, and President Trump responding by referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” against the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid stigmatizing labels.