️U.S. President Biden said Saturday that America had offered COVID-19 vaccines to Pyongyang but "got no response" despite a spiraling epidemic in North Korea, where nearly 2.5 million people have fallen sick with "fever."
Biden, who is in Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president, said the United States and South Korea had also made a fresh offer of COVID-19 aid to Pyongyang but not heard back.
"We've offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well, and we're prepared to do that immediately," he said at a press conference in Seoul.
"We've got no response," he added.
He also said he's prepared to meet with Kim Jong Un, provided the North Korean leader is “sincere" and "serious.”
North Korea reported its first cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus earlier this month, and despite a "maximum emergency" epidemic campaign, the virus has torn through its unvaccinated 25 million population.
On Saturday, North Korean state media reported nearly 2.5 million people had been sick with "fever," with 66 confirmed deaths since the outbreak started.
It added that the country had "intensified" its anti-epidemic campaign. (AFP/AP)
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