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N. Korea sends relief supplies to Kaesong under virus lockdown

All News 15:18 August 09, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's ruling party has delivered relief supplies including rice to Kaesong, the North's city near the western inter-Korean border under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the country's main news outlet said Sunday.

A train carrying special supplies such as rice provided by the Workers' Party of Korea arrived at Kaesong station late Friday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The provision was made two days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered special aid to the border city at a meeting of an executive policy bureau of the party held in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

This photo captured from the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, shows party officials inspecting rice bags that arrived at Kaesong station on Aug. 7, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

North Korea sealed off the city on July 24, claiming a defector suspected to have shown virus symptoms returned to the city.

In addition, special money for the living expenses of citizens in the city was included in the special aid, the KCNA said.

In a separate report on Wednesday, state media said over 550,000 relief items of more than 30 kinds have been sent to Kaesong since the start of the city's blockade.

ksnam@yna.co.kr
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