North Korea calls US humanitarian offer ‘foolish’, politically motivated

SEOUL: North Korea said the United States is taking advantage of its COVID-19 outbreak by offering humanitarian aid with political purposes.

North Korea’s foreign ministry said in an article published on Thursday (Jun 30) that the United States’ offer was a plot to water down international criticism of its hostile policy toward North Korea.

The ministry criticised the United States’ offer of humanitarian aid to be insincere amid its recent military exercises and moves to impose more sanctions.

It added that the United States, which failed on its own COVID-19 crisis, should drop its “foolish” offer, and take care of its own situation at home.

Washington and South Korea had offered to provide humanitarian support, such as COVID vaccines and medical supplies, to North Korea after its first COVID-19 outbreak since late April, but got no responses from Pyongyang.