Kim Jong-un wears a face mask as he announces the country’s first acknowledged Covid-19 cases on May 12, 2022. Photo: KRT via AP
Kim Jong-un wears a face mask as he announces the country’s first acknowledged Covid-19 cases on May 12, 2022. Photo: KRT via AP

Will Kim Jong-un look to China to battle North Korea’s ‘explosive’ Covid-19 spread?

  • Even as the nation of 26 million unvaccinated people faces a collapse of its healthcare system, Kim has rebuffed offers of help from South Korea and the UN
  • But amid reports it has picked up Chinese medical aid, analysts warn Kim may view the crisis as a chance to ‘retain authority and power’ or circumvent sanctions and boost his nuclear programme

Kim Jong-un wears a face mask as he announces the country’s first acknowledged Covid-19 cases on May 12, 2022. Photo: KRT via AP
Kim Jong-un wears a face mask as he announces the country’s first acknowledged Covid-19 cases on May 12, 2022. Photo: KRT via AP
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