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What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?
May 19, 2022

What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?

By Justin Fendos
How bad might North Korea’s first COVID-19 outbreak get, and what options does the international community have in responding?

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis
May 16, 2022

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang may resort to a nuclear test when it fails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. 
North Korea Reports 6 Deaths After Admitting COVID-19 Outbreak
May 13, 2022

North Korea Reports 6 Deaths After Admitting COVID-19 Outbreak

By Kim Tong-Hyung and Hyung-Jin Kim
North Korea says there have been 350,000 cases of fever – including 18,000 on Thursday alone – but it's unclear how many of those with symptoms actually have COVID-19.

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe
May 12, 2022

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe

By Shannon Tiezzi
China’s example raises serious questions about how North Korea can possibly hope to combat the virus.

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case
May 12, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case

By Mitch Shin
Five days after test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, North Korea conducted its 16th missile test this year.

COVID and North Korea: Helping the Population by Delivering Information and Vaccines
March 09, 2022

COVID and North Korea: Helping the Population by Delivering Information and Vaccines

By Dominique Fraser
Helping North Korea help itself will require creativity, flexibility, and patience.

How Pandemic Paranoia Is Driving North Korea’s Strategy
February 16, 2022

How Pandemic Paranoia Is Driving North Korea’s Strategy

By Riccardo Villa
COVID-19 will continue to be the fundamental factor determining North Korea’s approach to the world.
North Korea’s Ticking COVID-19 Time Bomb
February 05, 2022

North Korea’s Ticking COVID-19 Time Bomb

By Justin Fendos
Like many nations, North Korea’s initial calculation may have been that there would be an eventual end to the pandemic.

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border
December 10, 2021

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border

By Lee Chae Un and Seulkee Jang
North Korea is stepping up health surveillance as well as tightening already severe restrictions on cross-border trade.

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.

What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?
October 08, 2021

What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?

By Thomas Byrne
North Korea is one of the few countries in the world not to have started a COVID-19 vaccine program.
WHO Starts Shipping COVID-19 Medical Supplies to North Korea
October 08, 2021

WHO Starts Shipping COVID-19 Medical Supplies to North Korea

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Pyongyang has finally accepted international aid meant to combat the pandemic.

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