Timeline: from coronavirus to the first missile test of the year
NK Pro timeline charts the key events from February 1 - March 2
With the increasing global threat of the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), February saw North Korean authorities taking unprecedentedly strong quarantine measures — borders closed, diplomats under virtual house arrest, and the new school year postponed.
Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to keep domestic discipline the top priority, publicly dismissing two high-level party officials for “corruption” and guiding Korean People’s Army (KPA) units’ “joint strike training.”
Early March saw the first DPRK missile tests of the year, with state media referring to the test as a “strike drill” of “long-range artillery sub-units
- 01What North Korea will and will not do to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
- 02State media review: Pandemic and drought conspire in North Korea
- 03New leader means new uncertainties and nuclear dangers on Korean Peninsula
- 04East Asia is changing. So should the way Washington, Seoul and Tokyo cooperate.
- 05Pyongyang’s COVID negligence could spell disaster for its most vulnerable
- 06North Korean COVID-19 rules warn of transmission by balloons, drones and rivers
- 07Why the risks of an Omicron outbreak in North Korea are getting worse
- 08Why biological weapons risks complicate provision of COVID aid to North Korea