The North's elevated restrictions on movement's in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak could cause a further strain on the country's economic difficulties, some experts say.
Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed concern Saturday over North Korea's spiralling Covid-19 outbreak.
Around 219,030 North Koreans with fevers were identified in the 24 hours through 6 p.m. Friday, the fifth straight daily increase of around 200,000.
The North’s Korean Central News Agency said of the 350,000 people who developed fevers since late April, 162,200 have recovered.
Officials said on Monday that the number of critically ill patients and deaths will likely continue to rise amid the omicron-driven outbreak,
North Korea's tentative reopening is seen in the apparent resumption of North Korean freight train traffic into neighboring China.