North Korea says Trump wrote Kim, offered coronavirus cooperation

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

It wasn't immediately clear what North Korea tested.

A senior White House official acknowledged Trump's letter, which he said was "consistent with his efforts to engage global leaders during the ongoing pandemic".

"He (Trump) also explained his plan to propel the relations between the two countries and expressed his intent to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic work", concerning the COVID-19 infections around the world, she said.

"Not only does Pyongyang wish to avoid signs of weakness during the coronavirus crisis, it wants its people to believe that North Korea stands in a position of relative strength", said Prof Easley.

Kim, who has recently taken on a wider diplomatic role in support of her brother, welcomed Trump's letter as a "good judgment and proper action". Kim's sister said Trump also "expressed his willingness to keep in close touch with the chairman in the future", and that the North Korean leader appreciated the personal letter from the US President.

"The test launch has clearly demonstrated the features of guided missiles, including the differently defined trajectories and incidence angles, the accuracy of hitting the target and the warhead's power", the North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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In a separate dispatch on Sunday, KCNA said it was a test of a new tactical guided weapon, overseen by Kim Jong Un. Another reason: North Korea is simply trying to produce more advanced weapons.

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pyongyang has been banned from testing ballistic missiles by United Nations resolutions, and worldwide sanctions aim to deter it from continuing to develop its rockets.

South Korea had reported almost 9,000 confirmed cases and 111 deaths as of Monday.

Kim Yo Jong said Trump's letter is "a good example showing the special and firm personal relations" between the North Korean and US leaders.

Even though some foreigners have reportedly said the North Korea's government is actually well placed as it has been successful in slowing the spread of the virus, aid organisations, on the other hand, warned that the county's health system is chronically under-resourced, often fails to meet the daily needs of citizens.

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