May 12, 2021

Don’t expect borders to reopen until COVID-19 ends, DPRK foreign ministry says

North Korea tells remaining foreign missions they should leave soon, as no relief for staff rotations is planned

North Korea's foreign ministry told diplomats in Pyongyang that they should not expect the country's borders to reopen until the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic are over, multiple informed sources told NK News.

Previously, DPRK vice minister of public health, Kim Hyong Hun, said in February that the borders would remain closed until a means to diagnose and cure the novel coronavirus is “completely” developed.