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'Very inappropriate': South Korea responds after Pyongyang launches ballistic missiles

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South Korea and Japan said North Korea fired the projectiles from Wonsan, a city in the east of the country, on Sunday morning.

After flying approximately 230km (143 miles), the missiles landed in the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.

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South Korea’s military urged its neighbour to refrain from such military action, labelling the launches as “very inappropriate” at a time when the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan’s defence ministry said in a statement that the presumed missiles were thought to have entered the sea outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

ShapeCreated with Sketch.Inside London’s North Korean community

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“I loved music so much when I was in North Korea and I wanted to learn [to play] but I wasn’t able to learn” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“So, although I am old now, because I came here when times are good, I am enthusiastically learning music now” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“At the moment, I am part of the 70s Seniors’ Choir, I dance, and I play the gayageum, flute and janggu at the Senior Citizens Centre” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

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Oh-Doug Kwon
Catherine Hyland

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Hyun-Sook Lee
Catherine Hyland

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Hyun-Sook Lee and the choir
Catherine Hyland

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Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“I was a leader of the local People’s Unit whilst living in North Korea. I was responsible for and led all activity within my local People’s Unit” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“Life became too difficult and we had no hopes of getting by so my husband went to China first and afterwards I followed him. I paid a broker and like that I crossed over to China” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“Coming over from China, I gave money to the brokers who guide the way for you – they make fake passports and buy tickets under different names to bring you here” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Pictures by Catherine Hyland

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“I like singing, playing the janggu and dancing – I like those [sorts of] arts” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“I have decided to enjoy music and the arts even more and live a happy life by attending the Senior Citizens’ Centre enthusiastically” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Pictures by Catherine Hyland

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“My husband is always making a great and consistent effort, wanting to live happily” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“I loved music so much when I was in North Korea and I wanted to learn [to play] but I wasn’t able to learn” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

2/13

“So, although I am old now, because I came here when times are good, I am enthusiastically learning music now” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

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“At the moment, I am part of the 70s Seniors’ Choir, I dance, and I play the gayageum, flute and janggu at the Senior Citizens Centre” – Soon-Hee Jee, 77
Catherine Hyland

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Oh-Doug Kwon
Catherine Hyland

5/13

Hyun-Sook Lee
Catherine Hyland

6/13

Hyun-Sook Lee and the choir
Catherine Hyland

7/13

Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

8/13

“I was a leader of the local People’s Unit whilst living in North Korea. I was responsible for and led all activity within my local People’s Unit” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

9/13

“Life became too difficult and we had no hopes of getting by so my husband went to China first and afterwards I followed him. I paid a broker and like that I crossed over to China” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

10/13

“Coming over from China, I gave money to the brokers who guide the way for you – they make fake passports and buy tickets under different names to bring you here” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Pictures by Catherine Hyland

11/13

“I like singing, playing the janggu and dancing – I like those [sorts of] arts” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

12/13

“I have decided to enjoy music and the arts even more and live a happy life by attending the Senior Citizens’ Centre enthusiastically” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Pictures by Catherine Hyland

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“My husband is always making a great and consistent effort, wanting to live happily” – Lee-Sook Sung, 77
Catherine Hyland

Referring to these and other short-range projectiles Pyongyang has launched in the past few weeks, the statement added: “Recent repeated firings of ballistic missiles by NorthKorea is a serious problem to the entire international community including Japan.”

Experts think that these launches are an attempt to display leader Kim Jong-un’s control in the face of US sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the North Korean leader “wants to show he rules in a normal way amid the coronavirus (pandemic) and his latest weapons tests were aimed at rallying unity internally, not launching a threat externally”.

Pyongyang has so far denied that the country has any coronavirus cases but has acknowledged that the virus is a matter of “national existence”.

The country’s shortage of medical supplies and poor healthcare infrastructure make it particularly vulnerable to an epidemic.

Last week, President Donald Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong-un offering cooperation in the fight against the virus.

Additional reporting from AP

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