However, Kim also chastised officials for getting complacent as the global health crisis has not yet abated.
Kim repeatedly warned that hasty relief of anti-epidemic measures will result in unimaginable and irretrievable crisis, stressing that "all the sectors and units should further strengthen the emergency anti-epidemic work till the danger of pandemic incoming is completely rid of".
"Now that coronavirus is showing signs of spreading again in many different parts of China, it seems like we are the ones who chose to postpone the resumption of official trade this time". Schools there reopened in June, one source said.
The U.S. point man for North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, is due to visit South Korea next week for meetings with his South Korean counterparts. Following weeks of heated exchanges, Kim suspended the military plans, without specifying why. The young North Korean leader has in past years kept a very busy schedule packed with public events, but in the past three months he has maintained a surprisingly low profile.
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"However, the coronavirus is spreading again in China's northeastern region, including in Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea".
"It's very unlikely that it has seen no cases because it borders China and South Korea".
The North's claim of being COVID-19 free has been questioned by outside experts, who say a major outbreak in the country could possibly have dire consequences because of its chronic lack of medical supplies and poor health care infrastructure.
The International Federation of the Red Cross had volunteers in the border area working on virus prevention measures and there have been a number of unconfirmed reports of cases within the country.
The WHO also reported that the country has now tested just 922 people for the virus - all of whom have reportedly tested negative. North Korea's population is likely around 25 million, though an exact number is unclear because Pyongyang does not make demographic information available to the public.
Last week, North Korea's official media reported that Pyongyang chose to suspend military action plans against Seoul at a televised preliminary meeting of the ruling party, presided over by Kim.