Why the DPRK’s subpar healthcare system may be its biggest threat to the region
North Korean unpreparedness to deal with a pandemic could undermine regime rule and create internal instability
The border is closed but the locals are hungry. Guards are posted but susceptible to bribes. Adventurous cross-border market traders inadvertently introduce a virus the likes of which the medical community is unable to cope with. A government afraid to show weakness tries to cover up an exploding epidemic.
While this sounds like the trailer for a new dramatic South Korean movie, it is more likely the introduction to news coverage of a ravaging health pandemic in North Korea.
North Korea is known to have medicinal shortages and insufficient healthcare infrastructure. Now facing a viral
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