North Korean authorities issues shoot-to-kill orders to prevent coronavirus

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Published: September 11,2020 12:12 PM
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September 11, 2020: North Korean authorities have issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China.

September 11, 2020: North Korean authorities have issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China.



The impoverished North - whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak, has not confirmed a single case of the disease that has swept the world since first emerging in China.



Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to try to prevent contamination, and in July state media said it had raised its state of emergency to the maximum level.





US Forces Korea (USFK) commander Robert Abrams said that the border shutdown had increased demand for smuggled goods, prompting authorities to intervene.



The North introduced a new “buffer zone, one or two kilometres up on the Chinese border,” Abrams said on an online conference organized by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on Thursday.



He said, “They’ve got North Korean SOF out there...Strike forces, they’ve got shoot-to-kill orders in place”.