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2/14, 12:16 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US deeply concerned about N. Korea amid coronavirus

The United States is "deeply concerned" about North Korea and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the State Department said in a statement.

"We strongly support and encourage the work of US and international aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated, adding that Washington is prepared to "expeditiously facilitate the approval of assistance" from various international organizations that could help North Korea amid the outbreak.

Earlier, South Korean news outlets reported the deadly virus, which originated in China, has spread to its northern neighbor, although Pyongyang has not officially reported any cases of the disease.

Breaking the News / JC