January 26, 2021

In new aid order, Kim Jong Un signals extended lockdown in Kaesong over COVID-19

North Korean leader also raised party personnel issues in meeting of top officials on Wednesday

The North Korean city of Kaesong is set to receive additional aid almost two weeks after going into complete lockdown over a "suspected" case of COVID-19, state media reported Thursday, following a special meeting led by Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang the previous day.

The aid package and issues related to the job performance of top government officials were discussed at a meeting of the so-called Executive Policy Council (EPC) of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee – only the fourth of its kind since 2016.