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North Korean fears over COVID-19 on full display at Panmunjom reopening ceremony


North Korean fears of COVID-19 were evident at a ceremony marking the partial reopening of the Joint Security Area (JSA) on Wednesday, with DPRK soldiers shielding themselves in a building for the duration of a VIP delegation visit.

After Pyongyang introduced shoot-on-sight rules to prevent COVID-19 from entering the country around border areas in August, it was unclear how the North Korean side would react to Seoul’s invitation of a large delegation of officials and journalists.



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