(AP) — America’s No. 2 diplomat has expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently warned of a tense food situation and admitted his country faces “the worst-ever” crisis. But his government has steadfastly insisted it won’t rejoin the talks unless Washington drops its hostility.
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in Seoul on Friday that the U.S. feels for the people of North Korea given the pandemic and what it means for food security. Kim has called on people to brace for prolonged COVID-19 restrictions.