North Korean Health Official Elected To Board Of World Health Organization

(Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Dylan Housman Deputy News Editor
Font Size:

North Korea will serve on the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) until 2026 after being seated during the organization’s general assembly meetings this week.

Dr. Jong Min Pak of the North Korean Ministry of Public Health will serve on the executive board for a three-year term. Australia, Qatar, Ukraine, Switzerland, Barbados, Togo, Lesotho, Comoros and Cameroon were also elected to three-year terms.

The South Korean Foreign and Health Ministries condemned the decision, asking why the dictatorship is qualified to serve on the WHO board when it regularly ignores WHO and United Nations rules.

“It is questionable whether North Korea, which has continued to contravene [United Nations Security Council] resolutions and disregard the U.N.’s authority, meets the standards for a WHO executive board member, which should abide by international norms, pursued by the U.N., and contribute to enhancing global health,” the ministries said.

Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy responded to the news by calling for the WHO to defunded in a tweet. (RELATED: North Korea Announces Plans To Launch First Military Satellite To Spy On ‘The US And Its Vassal Forces’)

The WHO is a subsidiary of the United Nations. Republicans have become increasingly critical of the organization since it colluded with the Chinese Communist Party to conceal information about COVID-19. Some, such as Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, have called for the United States to defund or leave the organization entirely.