North Korea says ‘strange objects in the air’ trying to infect people with Covid

The people of North Korea have been warned that "strange objects" floating in the air could infect them with the Covid virus.

While the rest of the world is busy washing their hands and keeping a Covid safe distance from each other, North Korea's official newspaper advised its citizens to stay alert by looking to the skies.

Appearing in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, it read: "Even when we come across a strange object flying in the wind, we must consider them as a possible route of transmission of the malicious virus rather than a natural phenomenon."

The paper also warned citizens to "think and move" inline with guidance and to contain to be cautious as vaccines in other countries were failing to prevent the spread of coronavirus variants.

The warning just so happens to come days after the Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's government hit out at South Korea for allowing the distributing of "propaganda leaflets" in North Korea using balloons.

According to the Yonhap News Agency an activist group consisting of North Korean defectors in South Korea used large balloons to distribute 500,000 leaflets to North Korea.

In December 2020 the South Korean parliament passed a law banning the launch of propaganda leaflets into North Korea.

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Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, responded with a statement blasting Seoul for failing to prevent the leaflet drop describing it as an "intolerable provocation".

The Independent reported that on Thursday (May 6) police raided an activist's office who said he had floated propaganda leaflets into North Korea.

North Korea has not officially confirmed any cases of Covid but has adopted strict border controls over the last year.

US experts believe that North Korea does want a normal relationship with America but it may come at a price.

Former CIA East Asia director Joseph DeTrani, told an online conference: "I do believe North Korea is committed to complete, verifiable denuclearisation, assuming they get the security assurances they want and certainly they need because they're concerned about regime change, and they realise nuclear weapons, indeed, are a deterrent.”

He says that Kim Jong-un wants to know what the Biden administration would be willing to offer in exchange for disarmament.

He added: "They need to hear what's required of them when we talk about comprehensive, verifiable denuclearisation, and they need to be hearing from us.

"But also, we need to hear from them when they talk about security assurances, economic development assistance."

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