India closes its embassy in North Korea and the ambassador leaves across the Russian border


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India temporarily suspended its diplomatic mission in North Korea due to the outbreak of the Corona virus in the country, government sources reported to “Sputnik”, today, Tuesday, although Pyongyang has not announced a local outbreak of the disease since its appearance in late 2019.

New Delhi- Sputnik. The sources reported that the Indian ambassador, Atul Gutserev, left the country on July 2, across the Russian border on a train designated by Russia to evacuate its diplomatic staff.

Dozens of countries have temporarily closed their embassies due to the strict restrictions imposed on the Corona virus in the stricken country. lowered Russia The number of its diplomatic staff in Pyongyang significantly.

North Korea has officially stated that there have been no cases of COVID-19 in the country, but it maintains strict border controls and anti-virus measures.

Recently, North Korea called for “maximum vigilance” over concerns about the global spread of the highly contagious delta variant.

Last month, the World Health Organization reported that, according to its data, Not a single injury has been recorded so far The emerging corona virus “Covid 19” in North Korea.

But local reports said that leader Kim Jong Un sharply criticized, during a meeting of the Political Bureau of the “Korean Workers’ Party”, the performance of senior officials in the ruling party due to a “serious accident” related to national measures to combat the Corona virus, which created a threat to the safety of the people and the country .

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow is ready to provide North Korea with vaccines and medical equipment to combat the Corona virus, if necessary.

“We have talked more than once in contacts through our embassy with representatives of the DPRK leadership about our readiness to provide assistance, if necessary, including vaccines and medical equipment if it is needed,” he added.


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