The Red Cross has called for lifting the ban on Bank transfers in North Korea to ensure that North Koreans have access to protection against the dangerous disease.
The United States is deeply concerned about the possible consequences of the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is ready to contribute to the efforts made by American and international organizations to contain the spread of the virus in this country.
“We strongly support and encourage the actions of American and international organizations… to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in North Korea, ” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said after the Red Cross called for Pyongyang’s immediate release from sanctions to help prevent an outbreak of coronavirus in North Korea.
“The United States is ready to promptly assist these organizations to assist,” Ortagus added.
The International Federation of red cross and red Crescent societies has previously said that the exemption from sanctions, which provides for the lifting of the ban on Bank transfers to North Korea, could be regarded as an” extremely important and life-saving intervention” in the situation.
The red cross said in a statement that North Koreans must urgently be provided with personal protective equipment and test kits to prepare for a possible outbreak of the virus in North Korea, which borders China, where the virus was first detected.
The international sanctions regime provides for a ban on a number of business, trade and other operations with North Korea. The sanctions were imposed because of Pyongyang’s violation of international treaties regarding the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
North Korean authorities have not yet reported cases of the disease, but the state press reported that the government extended the quarantine for people who had symptoms of the coronavirus for up to 30 days. North Korea has completely stopped air and rail links with China.