North Korea’s missiles and meetings ‘mask its virus truth’


North Korea’s missiles and meetings ‘mask its virus truth’

Fire drills are just part of Kim Jong-un’s attempt to convince his people he is in control of Covid-19, say experts

Josh Smith

With international focus on the coronavirus, North Korea has doubled down on its missile development and military exercises in recent weeks while signalling new confidence that it has dodged an outbreak of its own.

Some international experts are sceptical of North Korea’s assertion that it has not had a single case of the new coronavirus, which was first detected in neighbouring China.

But for the first time since late February, North Korean soldiers conducting military drills and test firing short-range ballistic missiles over the weekend were shown not wearing face masks in state media photographs...

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