North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” toward the Sea of Japan. South Korean news agency reports that Yonhap under the authority of the South Korean army.
The Japanese Coast Guard also reported the launch. According to the Japanese, it was “an object resembling a ballistic missile.” The South Korean military chiefs of staff did not provide additional details Yonhap.
This news comes a few days after Pyongyang launched another missile. The official North Korean news agency confirmed, on Wednesday, that the test included a hypersonic missile that accurately hit a target at a distance of 700 meters.
New Year’s Promise
With the launches, it appears that leader Kim Jong Un wants to make good on his New Year’s promise. He said he would strengthen the North Korean army to deal with the unstable international situation after the stalled peace talks with South Korea and the United States.
US President Joe Biden has said several times that he wants to meet envoys from North Korea and talk about denuclearization. North Korea has also said it is open to further talks, but only if the United States and others drop “hostile policies”, such as sanctions and military exercises.
International law prohibits Pyongyang from testing ballistic or nuclear weapons. Many observers do not expect Kim to completely give up his nuclear arsenal. North Korea claims that its missile tests and other military activities are self-defense and are similar to those regularly conducted by other countries. North Korea previously reported expert Jenny Town in Standard North Korea is unlikely to stop missile testing as long as South Korea continues to do so.
In line with the United Nations Security Council
The UN Security Council met on Monday at the request of the permanent members, the United States, France and Britain, to discuss North Korea’s nuclear tests. Along with Ireland and Albania, the two countries called on North Korea to “refrain from further destabilizing actions.”
Analysts say North Korea orchestrated the launch of a suspected ballistic missile at the UN Security Council meeting. “The firing had both political and military motives,” Shin Bom-chul, a researcher at the Korea National Institute for Strategic Research, told AFP. “North Korea continues its tests to diversify its nuclear arsenal, but planned to launch them on the day of the Security Council meeting to maximize political influence.”
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