According to General Robert B. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, North Korea issued a kill order on its borders to prevent smugglers from bringing the Chinese coronavirus into the state.
North Korea was one of the first countries to lock down in January. North Korea simply couldn’t afford to handle the virus.
In an interview on Thursday, Abrams said, “They’ve got North Korean SOF [special operation forces] manning these things, strike forces, they’ve got shoot-to-kill orders in place, and this is fundamentally about preventing COVID from getting into North Korea.”
Because of extensive sanctions against the dictatorial state, smuggling is the only way for North Korea to get valuable imports into the country.
China is a lifeline for the isolated state but because of COVID-19, the border is being secured against Chinese smugglers by any means necessary.
While North Korea continues to claim that they have had no cases of coronavirus they are building a new hospital in Pyongyang.
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