September 19, 2020

U.S. offered to help North Korea fight coronavirus pandemic, Pompeo says

"It’s the right thing to do in a time of crisis," Pompeo says, though nature of State Dept's outreach to DPRK is unclear

The U.S. has reached out to North Korea during the coronavirus pandemic and offered the country humanitarian help, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday night.

The comment marked the second time in recent weeks that a senior State Department official had made a similar claim about American outreach to the DPRK amid the growing viral outbreak, but it remains unclear what type of direct assistance the U.S. offered, how it was communicated to the North, and whether the alleged gesture was accepted.