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Bizarre North Korean propaganda video features girl, 11, saying 'everything is fine'

North Korean propaganda video has been posted featuring an 11-year-old girl who insists that despite reports of a runaway coronavirus outbreak, “everyone is just fine” in the totalitarian state. The girl, who says her name is “Song-a”, is apparently a Harry Potter fan and learned English from her mum.“Just like this, everything is under control as it used to be and everyone is just fine!”READ MORE:North Korea lifts Covid-19 restrictions despite recording almost 100k cases a day“Pyongyang where I live is a very beautiful and magnificent city,” she says in one of the clips.
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North Korea launches submarine projectile days after tests, say South Korea officials
North Korea appears to have fired a ballistic missile into the sea just days after the last test.Kim Jong-un's missile was projected off the North Korean east coast, according to South Korea’s military, and Yonhap news agency believes it was a submarine-launched ballistic missile.Japan's defence ministry also confirmed this, as they tweeted that the projectile could be a ballistic missile.Reports say there has been a significant increase in missile testing by North Korea this year, with leader Kim stating the exercises are being carried out to protect the country from foreign threats to the state, reports the Mirror.In a speech at a military parade last week, he also claimed his nuclear force was not only tasked with preventing war through deterrence, but potentially carrying out strikes against anyone who violates the North's "fundamental interests.’'On Wednesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast, South Korea and Japan said, after Pyongyang vowed to develop its nuclear forces "at the fastest possible speed".The United States assessed that North Korea was preparing its Punggye-ri nuclear test site and could be ready to conduct a test there as early as this month, State Department deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter said.This incident comes as South Korea's president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol takes office on Tuesday.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here .North Korea has said that it opposes war and that its nuclear weapons are for self-defence.
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North Korea ‘preparing to hold military parade‘ to mark 110th birthday of its founder
North Korea as they wait to see if the secretive country will hold a military parade to mark the birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung.Such parades are not rare in the country, with paranoid dictator Kim Jong Un – Kim Il Sung’s grandson – often keen to show off his military capabilities, but there hasn’t been one for seven months.There were reports of jets and helicopters being heard flying low over the centre of the capital Pyongyang on Thursday night, and roads were apparently closed in parts of the capital, suggesting a spectacular event was getting under way.But soldiers appeared to be continuing their parade training at a military base in the city this morning, with NK News reporting that they didn’t march through the city last night after all.NK News says a parade could take place tonight instead.In recent years, North Korea has held its military parades at night before broadcasting an edited version on state TV a few hours later, reports The Japan Times.For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.The waiting game comes as the current leader Kim has been ramping up tensions in the region once again.Last month he was snapped laughing and joking as his forces tested an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time since 2017, and reports have suggested the country is gearing up for its first test of a nuclear bomb in nearly half a decade.The United States has recently sent an aircraft carrier group to the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan for the first time since 2017.
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Kim Jong-un missile blunder as 'two killed when university hit by North Korea test fire'
North Korean missile exploded in mid-air and damaged various parts of Pyongyang city university, potentially killing two people according to reports.Intelligence authorities said that the Hwasong-17, which North Korea fired from the Pyongyang Sunan Airfield on the 16th, damaged "major facilities" in the capital's down town area, "blowing off" the roof of the Kim Jong-il Political and Military University.Information that two people were killed in the explosion on the same day is being analysed by officials.A high-ranking intelligence official said: "The missile fragments did not fall like hail on a private house, but major facilities in downtown Pyongyang were damaged."A large crater was blown into the ground near the Kim Jong-il Political and Military University, about 9km from Pyongyang Sunan Airfield, the paper reported.Part of the university's roof was blown off, it is claimed, while two people reportedly died in the explosion.The missile launch is understood to be the 10th of its kind this year, showing renewed intent by the hermit kingdom to improve weapons systems which have long-evaded it.Lee Choon Geun, an honorary research fellow at South Korea's Science and Technology Policy Institute, told CBS News that if the missile's toxic fuels fell on civilian residential areas in North Korea, they would likely cause a major health impact.The school is based on North Korea’s top military academy, Kim Il Sung Military University.
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Dennis Rodman became friends with Kim Jong-un by 'mistake' after bonding over basketball
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North Korea threatens to resume dangerous nuclear tests over 'hostility' from US military
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