The newly appointed Minister of unification Lee In Yeong reiterated that South Korea is ready to cooperate with the DPRK in anti-COVID-19 and serious about a situation with a possible appearance of infected in the North Korean city of Kaesong near the inter-Korean border, said Yonhap news Agency.
"We are serious about quarantine in Kaesong and around and closely monitoring the situation... If it is possible to operate (with the DPRK – ed.) to combat the coronavirus, I think we should operate, always, not only in Kaesong but also at any point of North Korea", - said the Minister.
The DPRK has strengthened anti-epidemic measures and shut down Kaesong, on the border with South Korea. This was announced by the Central news Agency (KCNA).
It is reported that the authorities took the decision after an emergency meeting of the Politburo of the ruling party. Although these measure are taken on the background of the worldwide distribution of the infection COVID-19, the KCNA virus is not expressly mentioned. Earlier, the Central newspaper of the Republic, "Rodong Sinmun" reported the threat of a catastrophe in the city.
The man, identified by South Korean media as a defector, returned to the DPRK, has not been sick with coronavirus, was reported in the Central headquarters for liquidation of emergencies of RK.
The DPRK on Sunday said that previously escaped to the South a citizen three years later, again illegally crossed the military demarcation line on 19 July, returned to the country. He suspected COVID-19, the results of the tests showed uncertain results. This man was placed in a rigid quarantine, the authorities identify those who had contact with him, for the evaluations and placing them in isolation.
DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN decided to close Kaesong, and to isolate areas from each other as a preventive measure after reports first case of suspected infection with the new coronavirus in the country, informs the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (KCNA).
Politburo of the workers ' party of Korea convened an emergency meeting chaired by the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN to consider the situation in the city of Kaesong, where it was recorded suspected infection with coronavirus.
UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres expressed concern at recent developments on the Korean Peninsula, the press service of the UN.
"The Secretary-General is concerned about recent events on the Korean Peninsula. The Secretary General called for the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue, which would lead to a peaceful solution," - said in the message.
South Korean military issued a video of the destruction of the building of inter-Korean liaison office, which is located on the territory of the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea.
The footage captured the moment of the explosion and building collapse.