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North Korea lifts Kaesong lockdown after coronavirus scare

Kim replaces economic official as two others promoted to Politburo committee

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an Aug. 13 Politburo meeting in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency photo provided by the Korea News Service)

SEOUL -- North Korea ended a three-week lockdown in the city of Kaesong that was sparked by a possible coronavirus case from outside the country, state media reported Friday.

The decision came Thursday at a Politburo meeting attended by leader Kim Jong Un, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which also reported a leadership shakeup at the gathering.

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