On Tuesday, the South Korean military reported to Yonhap News Agency that North Korea on Monday fired at least one unidentified projectile into the sea. Shortly after the launch, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song said at the UN General Assembly that no one could deny the country’s right to test new weapons.
North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles in mid-September. At the time, it was the first test of this type of missile since March and the second major test of the missile in a week.
North Korea is not allowed to launch ballistic missiles by UN Security Council resolution, but the country doesn’t care much about that. The tests led to strong condemnations from countries including South Korea, Japan and the United States, but no sanctions were imposed. The United States has invited Pyongyang to a dialogue about its weapons programs. So far, it hasn’t come to that.
However, Tuesday’s test could have been carried out with a hypersonic missile, and not with a ballistic missile. High-speed missiles are so fast that they are difficult to intercept by current missile defense systems. It has a shorter range than ballistic missiles and is not covered by the relevant UN resolution.
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