The Slatest

North Korea Cures AIDS*

North Korean soldiers in an image from 2012.

Good news:

North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed.

The authoritarian, impoverished nation better known for pursuing a nuclear program despite global criticism announced Friday it has a drug that can prevent and cure MERS, Ebola, SARS and AIDS.

As always with North Korea, though, the humor is closely connected to tragedy—in this case, an outbreak of MERS across the border in South Korea which has so far killed 16 people. North Korean propaganda has accused the South’s government of “causing the MERS case.”

*North Korea did not cure AIDS.