South Korea will enter into negotiations with

South Korea will enter into negotiations with

South Korea plans to meet with North Korea next week to discuss COVID-19 alleviation measures in order to assist the neighbouring country in preventing the disease’s spread. Pyongyang revealed the first wave of COVID-19 cases in the country on Thursday, after numerous residents tested positive for the Omicron BA.2 variety. On Friday, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol promised to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical equipment to North Korea. According to Yonhap, “the administration is actively reviewing to publicly propose to North Korea conducting a working-level meeting at the beginning of the week,” a senior South Korean official said, adding that the idea will be officially presented after Seoul consults with relevant parties.

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un ordered stricter vigilance along the borders on all fronts, the air, and sea to prevent a “safety vacuum” in the national defence of the country. In addition, North Korean authorities have put in place an emergency anti-epidemic system of the highest order at the direction of the leader. On Thursday, the North Korean leader, in fact, held a meeting with senior government officials to discuss the response measures after the first case of Omicron was registered in Pyongyang on May 8. Kim ordered a strict nationwide lockdown and mobilization of the epidemic prevention system,

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