Kim Jong-un sends best wishes to Donald Trump, saying he sincerely hopes he will recover from COVID-19 soon
- Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday evening
- He was confirmed positive in the early hours of Friday morning and felt tired
- North Korea's leader sent his best regards to the US President
- Kim expressed his sympathy and "warm regards" to Trump and his wife
Kim Jong Un has sent a message of sympathy to President Donald Trump, wishing him all the best and hoping that he will recover quickly from the corona virus, the North Korean state media said on Saturday.
The North Korean expressed his condolences and "warm greetings" to Trump and his wife, KCNA reported.
"He sincerely hoped they would be restored as soon as possible," KCNA said.
"He hoped they would get over it safely."
Trump and Kim developed an unprecedented relationship and hosted the first meetings between a seated US president and a North Korean leader. Trump once stated that they "fell in love" after exchanging letters.
Trump and Kim Jong-un, pictured in June 2019, developed an unprecedented relationship
North Korea's leader wished the president well in a photo taken on October 2
Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed Hospital by helicopter on Friday evening
Efforts to urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for lifting the sanctions stalled after that meeting did not result in a denuclearization deal, but the two leaders continued to exchange messages.
North Korea has taken some of the most drastic measures any country can take against the virus, and it did so sooner than most other nations.
In late January, it sealed its borders and stopped doing business with neighboring China, which accounts for nine-tenths of its foreign trade, the New York Times reported.
It put pressure on the smugglers and quarantined all diplomats in Pyongyang for a month.
In July, the country announced what was believed to be the first case to come from a 24-year-old runaway who had reportedly returned home from South Korea with the possible virus infection.
Kim, who was pictured with Trump in June 2019, sent his "warm regards" to the US leader on Saturday
Trump is pictured exiting the helicopter upon arriving at the hospital on Friday night
North Korea's number of cases is unknown, but is considered low in light of isolationism.
In September, the US Supreme Commander in South Korea, General Robert Abrams, said the hermetic country had since issued "shoot-to-kill" orders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country from China.
The coronavirus-related safety zones were first reported by Daily NK, a Seoul-based news website with sources in North Korea.
The new rules said anyone who breaks the rules or disrupts public order near the border will be shot without warning.
The rules apply to all areas of the country, it said.