The director of the Research Institute for Nutrition Care of Children under the Academy of Medical Science of the DPRK Ministry of Public Health released the following statement on April 6:
I was quite astonished at and angered by the foreign news of seriously distorting the state of health of the children in our country.
According to it, a “report” published by a UN experts’ group contains such groundless information that many children suffering from malnutrition in our country cannot receive proper treatment due to the state emergency epidemic prevention measures taken to check the inroads of COVID-19.
I, as a person responsible for nutrition care of the children in the country, categorically reject this information, affirming that it is an utterly baseless, sheer lie.
In our country nutrition care of children is given a top priority though it is in hardship and everything is insufficient.
But those styling themselves experts in the berets of the UN are distorting the situation of our country to give such an impression that serious issue of “malnutrition of children” exists in the country. This cannot but be viewed as a black-hearted act of hostility to tarnish its image.
I vehemently denounce the hostile forces for abusing even the name of naive children, which should be respected as the most sacred one, for attaining their political purposes.
No matter how desperately the hostile forces may work, they can never wipe the bright and happy looks off our children’s faces.
Taking this opportunity, I warn the quasi-media of south Korea taking the lead in the anti-DPRK smear campaign by echoing rubbish-like information no one lends an ear to.
No matter who they were instigated by and whatever the reason, they are bound to commit an unpardonable deadly sin against posterity if they seek to incite inter-Korean confrontation by finding fault with even gullible children.
In my opinion, it is necessary to seriously examine whether “humanitarian cooperation” under the signboard of the UN and the NGOs would truly help us and take resolute countermeasures against the entity and organizations going about in cahoots with the hostile forces.
Our state takes the whole responsibility for the health and future of our children.