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Great wall of secrecy

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By Donald Kirk

In a time of crisis, near-panic, over a disease to which the best medical minds have yet to find a sure cure, total cooperation is essential. The World Health Organization, scientists around the world, anyone who knows anything is duty-bound to try and help.

Which brings us to North Korea.

If there's one country from which absolutely no help is forthcoming, it's the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Sure, we get reminders daily of what the North Koreans are doing to try to contain the coronavirus, COVID-19. We heard weeks ago they had closed the border to China. We know they banned foreign diplomats and NGO people from going shopping. Most recently, they placed all 380 foreign residents under quarantine as if they were some kind of plague from outer space.

What the North Koreans haven't done is cooperate with anyone on exactly what's going on in their own country, how many are sick and how many have died. Oh, that's right, they've said more than once that no one has died or is at all ill. That boast has as much credibility as those signs you see looking from China across........

© The Korea Times