North Korea conducts missile launch its fourth missile test in a month
North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles into the sea, marking the country’s fourth nuclear test this month.
The apparent purpose of the test, according to South Korea’s military, was to display the country’s military strength.
According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, the North presumably fired two short-range ballistic missiles from a region near Sunan, Pyongyang’s international airport.
The missiles do not represent an immediate threat to US soldiers, territories, or allies, according to the US Indo-Pacific Command, but they do illustrate the destabilizing consequences of the North’s ‘illicit’ weapons development.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen since Joe Biden was elected president, and on Monday, January 10th, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) ordered all airports on the west coast of the United States to halt all operations, just hours after the rogue state launched a missile.
Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s Defense Minister, stated the missiles fell beyond Japan’s exclusive economic zone, while Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, criticized North Korea’s activities as dangers to peace.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in reacted by telling members of the presidential National Security Council that nuclear talks with Pyongyang must be restarted.
On January 5 and 11, North Korea conducted two flight tests of a rumored hypersonic missile, as well as test-firing ballistic missiles from a train on Friday.
In recent months, Kim Jong Un‘s repressive regime has increased tests of new missiles designed to overwhelm regional missile defenses.
In 2019, a US-led diplomatic effort to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program failed after the Trump administration rejected the North’s demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear weapons.
As a result, Kim Jong Un is reverting to his old strategy of threatening Japan, South Korea, and the United States with missile launches and absurd threats before initiating discussions to obtain concessions.
Kim pledged to expand his nuclear arsenal at the start of 2022, which he sees as his best chance of survival.