Meanwhile, the Russian parliament strengthened punishment for lockdown violations, introducing heavy fines and prison terms of up to seven years in cases when a breach results in deaths.
In Africa, authorities claim they have been "spared by God" or have simply been saved by the low volume of air traffic to their countries. However, some fear it is simply a lack of testing.
The UN’s most powerful body has been meeting by video because of Covid-19, which has hit New York City, where the UN has its headquarters, exceedingly hard.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the international community must remain united in urging North Korea to return to nuclear talks and in continuing to apply pressure on its nuclear and missile programs.
The string of weapons drills come as a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States drags on, and despite recent overtures from Washington offering help to contain the pandemic.
The US trails far behind other countries that prioritise humanity over politics.
North Korea launched multiple projectiles into the sea earlier this month as part of firing drills, according to South Korea's military, drawing US and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its nuclear and missile programmes.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement it detected the three launches made from an eastern coastal town in the North’s South Hamgyong province.
Given "Iran's failure to enact the Palermo and Terrorist Financing Conventions in line with the FATF Standards, the FATF fully lifts the suspension of counter-measures," the body said, referring to the UN's 2001 convention against organised crime.
The warning comes after independent UN experts said in August that North Korea generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programmes using cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that US President Donald Trump’s recent letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a good sign that underscores his commitment to negotiations, as well.
Kim also said North Korea was no longer obligated to maintain a self-imposed suspension on the testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which President Donald Trump has touted as a major diplomatic accomplishment.
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