December 3, 2022

The South Korean authorities has tried to ship a proper message to North Korea by means of their liaison workplace for cooperation in opposition to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Pyongyang unresponsive, a associated ministry stated Monday.

The unification ministry stated it had sought to ship the fax message, signed by its chief Kwon Younger-se, to the North’s head of the United Entrance Division, Kim Yong-chol, at 11 a.m. the identical day. However the North has not but clarified its intention on whether or not to “settle for” the notification, it added.

The South hopes to carry working-level consultations with the North on its humanitarian support plans.

“Regarding the omicron variant outbreak, we plan to ship a proper message to North Korea proposing inter-Korean working-level talks to debate the help of vaccines, medical provides, masks and check kits, in addition to expressing our willingness to share our experiences in opposition to the virus and cooperation in technical experience,” the ministry added.

The ministry then urged the North to reply to Seoul’s requires cooperation in opposition to the virus disaster.

Cho Joong-hoon, unification ministry spokesperson, speaks during a press briefing at the ministry's office in central Seoul on May 16, 2022. (Yonhap)

New Unification Minister Kwon Younger-se (R) arrives for work on the authorities advanced in Seoul on Might 16, 2022. (Yonhap)

Throughout his inauguration speech, Kwon confused that Seoul will “actively” search cooperation with Pyongyang over the difficulty regardless of a frost in bilateral relations.

“With regards to humanitarian cooperation, together with in healthcare and illness prevention, we are going to pursue cooperation with none circumstances, whatever the political scenario,” he stated.

Earlier within the day, the ministry’s spokesperson Cho Joong-hoon famous that the North’s state media had reported a complete of fifty deaths from the continuing epidemic and greater than 1.2 million individuals with fever signs.

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The 2 sides had a routine cellphone name “usually” by means of the direct communication channel Monday morning, he added.

Well being authorities in Seoul imagine North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak might be far more critical than what has been introduced by its state media, Sohn Younger-rae, a senior well being ministry official, stated in a separate briefing to reporters.

“North Korea seems to be diagnosing sufferers primarily based on the signs with out finishing up the diagnostic checks … that means that the regime isn’t able to blocking the transmissions,” Sohn stated.

“We assume it’s a scenario the place it’s not straightforward to convey the infections below management,” he stated.

The well being official stated South Korea has an ample vaccine stockpile to offer the virus-stricken reclusive regime with vaccine support with no drawback.

Any support to North Korea might be reviewed when there’s a request from the North, and it’ll rely on the progress of the talks, if held, between the 2 Koreas, Sohn added.