NK says has cure for MERS, Ebola, AIDS

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

North Korea says it has suc­ceeded where the great­est minds in science have failed.

The au­thor­i­tar­ian, im­pov­er­ished na­tion bet­ter known for pur­su­ing a nu­clear pro­gram de­spite global crit­i­cism an­nounced Fri­day it has a drug that can pre­vent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.

The se­cre­tive state did not pro­vide proof, and the claim is likely to pro­voke wide­spread skep­ti­cism.

The of­fi­cial Korean

Cen­tral News Agency said sci­en­tists de­vel­oped Kum­dang-2 from gin­seng grown from fer­til­izer mixed with rare- earth el­e­ments. Ac­cord­ing to the pro-North Korea web­site Min­jok Tong­shin, the drug was orig­i­nally pro­duced in 1996.

“Ma­li­cious virus in­fec­tions like SARS, Ebola and MERS are dis­eases that are re­lated to im­mune sys­tems, so they can be easily treated by Kum­dang-2 in­jec­tion drug, which is a strong im­mune re­viver,” KCNA said.

North Korea shut out for­eign tourists for half a year with some of the world’s strictest Ebola con­trols, even though no cases of the dis­ease were re­ported any­where near the coun­try, be­fore lift­ing the re­stric­tions ear­lier this year.

It is be­lieved to be strug­gling to com­bat dis­eases such as tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, and res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions are among its most com­mon causes of death, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

North Korea trum­peted the same drug dur­ing deadly bird flu out­breaks in 2006 and 2013.

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