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Coronavirus

North Korea's Kim declares victory in battle against COVID-19

Observers say it may clear way for the country to conduct a nuclear weapons test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un encourages health workers and scientists struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in Pyongyang in this undated photo released on Aug. 10 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and his sister indicated that he too caught the virus, while vowing "deadly retaliation" against South Korea, which the North blames for causing the outbreak.

Kim ordered the lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May though adding that North Korea must maintain a "steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensifying the anti-epidemic work until the end of the global health crisis", North Korea's KCNA news agency reported on Thursday.

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