World Ch. Schedule : FRI 22:30 KST
* Date : 2020-03-20
North Korea has stepped up quarantine efforts at borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the WHO classified the virus as a pandemic. The regime has reportedly quarantined nearly 10,000 people but is yet to confirm a single case. Amid growing fears over the virus, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been away from Pyeongyang to oversee multiple military drills in recent weeks. How is North Korea dealing with COVID-19, and what are some of the biggest concerns regarding the potential spread of the virus within the country? Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department said it strongly supported humanitarian efforts to help North Korea fight COVID-19, and the UN Security Council granted exemptions from the sanctions it imposed on the North to the same effect.
To break down the latest developments, we are joined by Chung Ku-youn, Professor at Kangwon National University. We also connect with guest experts on Skype to broaden the perspective, including Courtland Robinson, Associate Professor in the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Robert Jervis, Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University.