The U.S. does not exclude the emergence of food shortages and hunger in North Korea because of a pandemic disease caused by a novel coronavirus. This statement was made on Wednesday U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo in an interview with Fox News channel.

He was asked whether the us administration any new information about the health of DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN.

"We have not seen him. Today, we have nothing to report", – said Pompeo. "We continue to watch not only what is going on around Chairman Kim [Jong-UN], but in a broader sense, the situation in North Korea," he added.

"they also Have the danger of flash COVID-19 (caused by a novel coronavirus the disease – approx. TASS), – said the head of the American foreign Ministry, speaking about North Korea. – It is possible that North Korea could run out of food and begin to hunger". "We are closely watching this, as it can have a direct impact on [achieving] our goals, which are to finally achieve the denuclearization of the" – concluded the Secretary of state.

Earlier, the broadcaster CNN, citing a source in the us administration issued a statement that Washington is studying intelligence about the deteriorating health of Kim Jong-UN after allegedly suffering them surgery. The President of the United States Donald trump later said at a briefing that, according to him, the information is not true. South Korean officials also pointed to the lack of data on disease Kim Jong UN, and the Chinese foreign Ministry questioned the source of information is CNN.