North Korea Faces Worsening Economic Woes amid COVID Lockdown

North Korea’s coronavirus lockdown has taken a major toll on its economy. Its leader, Kim Jong Un, has hinted at a humanitarian crisis. Some fear the situation could get much worse.North Korea may be the only nation to claim it is COVID-19-free. But even it now admits a worsening pandemic-related crisis.Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
Staff of the Pyongyang Primary School No. 4 spray disinfectant in Pyongyang, North Korea, June 30, 2021.It’s not clear North Korea has vaccines from anywhere else, either, puzzling observers like Yang Moo-jin.Yang said he says he doesn’t know why North Korea has refused vaccines, adding North Korea isn’t known to have any particular aversion to vaccines, like some do in the West.North Korea’s basic predicament is that it wants to keep the border closed to protect from the virus but must open it to get vaccines.It’s a situation that may not threaten Kim’s rule but will get riskier the longer it lasts. 

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