August 16, 2022

No reason to doubt North Korea’s claims to be coronavirus-free, ambassador says

Russian ambassador to DPRK says he is "inclined to trust" Pyongyang's statistics

Russia's ambassador to North Korea said he has no reason to doubt Pyongyang's repeated insistence of there being no detected cases of novel coronavirus yet, a wide-ranging interview published on Wednesday showed.

Speaking with Russian news agency Interfax, ambassador Alexander Matsegora said that while one fellow European diplomat in the DPRK capital "doubted" Pyongyang's claims to be COVID-19 free, he believed that North Korea's "resolute and strict" steps have prevented the spread of the virus.