You are now following the details of the UN says no international staff left in North Korea news and now we leave you with the details
Mohamed Nass - Cairo - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A UN spokesman said the world body in North Korea has been left with no international staff, who are now working remotely.
Despite claiming to be coronavirus free, North Korea has sealed off its borders as part of stringent anti-pandemic measures that also involved the departure of diplomats and foreign nationals.
Earlier this week, the last remaining two international UN staffers, both with the World Food Program, reportedly left Pyongyang.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday in New York that the UN office remains open and functioning, and continues to work remotely for the benefit of the people of North Korea along with local staff.
Dujarric said that after more than a year in North Korea, UN international staff had traveled home to visit their families and they are expected to return to Pyongyang as soon as the pandemic-related border closure is lifted for UN employees.
Dujarric said that WFP operations will be handled by local staff in Pyongyang and international staff working remotely.
Several UN agencies including WFP, WHO and UNICEF have offices in North Korea. But it’s not clear how soon their international employees can return.
Experts question North Korea’s claim of zero cases. North Korea, whose public health care system remains in shambles, would be at risk of a humanitarian crisis if there is a major outbreak.
An international health group established to promote global access to coronavirus vaccines said last month that North Korea could potentially receive 1.9 million doses of vaccines manufactured in India during the first half of the year. North Korea has about 26 million people.
“The UN is working with the government in support of a COVAX vaccination campaign and hopes it will provide an opportunity for staff to return and to scale up our support,” Dujarric said.
The pandemic border shutdown that has sharply shrunk North Korea’s external trade is a major blow to its fragile economy, along with UN sanctions and crops-killing natural disasters last year.
“The strict COVID prevention measures have impacted humanitarian operations in (North Korea), causing reduced operational capacity, stock out of essential humanitarian supplies, and delayed delivery of humanitarian program,” Dujarric said.
By HYUNG-JIN KIM
Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.
Image: FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, a staff member of State Commission of Quality Management in protective gear carries a disinfectant spray can as they continue to check the health of travelers in foreign countries and inspect and quarantine goods being delivered via the borders at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. A U.N. spokesman said the world body has been left with no international staff in North Korea and its North Korean employees are working remotely. Despite claiming to be coronavirus free, North Korea has sealed off its borders as part of stringent anti-pandemic measures that also involved the departure of diplomats and foreign nationals. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
These were the details of the news UN says no international staff left in North Korea for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at egypt independent and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.