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ARBIL (Kurdistan 24) - North Korea launched what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast, North Korea on Saturday, in the latest in a series of similar launches by Pyongyang at a time when the world is trying hard to deal with the emerging Corona virus.
The South Korean army condemned the launches, describing them as "totally inappropriate" given the difficult situation the world is witnessing as a result of Coffid-19 (...) we urge them to stop immediately. "
North Korea has not reported any cases of the epidemic that have turned into a global crisis, killing more than 11,000 people and injuring more than a quarter of a million.
There was widespread speculation that the virus had already reached the isolated country, while health experts warned that it could lead to the collapse of countries that suffer mainly from poor infrastructure in the health sector as well as widespread malnutrition.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense also confirmed the North Korean missile test. For decades, the leadership in Pyongyang has faced criticism from the international community for placing military and nuclear spending as a priority rather than spending on its own citizens, even during the famine period.
Pyongyang considers military spending a security necessity to counter what it calls "American aggression." And it is subject to a series of sanctions against the background of its nuclear and missile programs.
The brilliance of any breakthrough eased after the meetings of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump following their failure to reach any substantial progress on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while Pyongyang has since continued to develop its military capabilities.
Through the recent missile test, the professor at Iwha University in Seoul, Lev-eric Easley, told AFP that "Pyongyang continues its international strategy of normalizing its missile tests."
Prior to the launch, the official North Korean News Agency reported that the Supreme People's Assembly, which is considered a front for the ratification of decisions only, will meet on April 10.
Analysts said that about 700 officials will meet in one place on the occasion, while similar gatherings have been banned in many parts of the world to combat the spread of the emerging corona virus.
"North Korea would not risk a political event of this wide scale if the system was not confident that it could prevent or contain the spread of the virus," Rachel Minyoung Lee, senior analyst at North Korea News, told AFP.
Earlier this month, Kim Jong-un sent a message of solidarity to South Korean President Moon Jae-in while the latter's country fought the worst outbreak of the new Corona virus outside China at the time. Since then, South Korea has largely succeeded in controlling the spread of the virus.
"Despite North Korea's insistence that there are no casualties, strict restrictions on the movement and the propaganda campaign to wear masks and overt sanctions against the corrupt elite that opposes isolation efforts, as well as hastily to build medical facilities, indicate that Coffed-19 penetrated Country. " "Apparently, Pyongyang is suffering from the crisis of spreading the virus at the national level," he added.
As fears of a virus spreading in North Korea increase, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Thomas Okea Quintana earlier this month called on Pyongyang to open the way for health and humanitarian experts from abroad.
The UN Security Council confirmed last month its intention to exclude humanitarian aid from the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang to help it fight the virus.