Saturday, March 27, 2021

North Korea Launches New Missiles So The World's Attention

 


North Korea (North Korea) again launched their latest missile in a test, Thursday (25/3/2021). The North Korean news agency, KCNA, reported two "new type tactical projectiles" accurately hitting targets off the east coast on Thursday. Photos on the website of North Korea's main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, show a missile taking off from an erector launcher amid flames.

It was reported that the missile itself was a new type of tactical missile, in the inaugural post-test comments. It is the first ballistic missile Pyongyang has launched in the past year, and its premiere in the era of US President Joe Biden. According to a UN Security Council resolution, North Korea is prohibited from firing ballistic missiles. Because of this, their steps have been criticized by the US, Japan and South Korea.

North Korea conducted a series of missile tests in the first half of last year. The website NK News reports that analysts believe the types of missiles fired at the weekend were the same as those launched in April and July 2020.

KCNA said in a statement that Thursday's test was meant to confirm the missile's ability to perform "jump-type flight mode gliding at low altitude". That capability makes these types of weapons more difficult to detect and shoot down.

In a statement on Friday, North Korea said the two weapons hit a test target 600 kilometers off the North Korean coast. This statement by North Korea refuted Japanese comments that North Korean missiles traveled 400 kilometers.

According to Pyongyang, the new missile is capable of carrying a payload weighing 2.5 tonnes which would allow it to carry a nuclear warhead. According to the KCNA report, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un did not attend and oversee the test on Thursday (25/3) local time. It is not known why Kim Jong-Un was absent from the moment of the first missile test in a year.

North Korea's missile launch at the weekend was the first since Biden took office as US President replacing Donald Trump. The launch also comes after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited South Korea to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

On the other hand, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not tested a long-range missile since he met Trump in 2018. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to hold talks in Washington with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts next week.

European countries in the seat of the UN Security Council immediately asked for a closed meeting, after North Korea launched a missile. On Friday (26/3/2021), France, Estonia, Ireland, Norway and the UK requested a closed UNSC meeting for next Tuesday (30/3/2021).

The UN Security Council resolution, which resulted in sanctions, prohibits North Korea from firing ballistic missiles it deems dangerous. A number of senior US officials also explained, what the ideological Juche country was doing to conduct "normal military training". The officials explained that they are now completing the final stages of policy towards Pyongyang. They plan to invite security advisers from South Korea and Japan to discuss.

Previously, the Biden government was known to have tried to approach North Korea and make diplomatic contacts. Pyongyang has yet to recognize the current US government, where relations between the two countries are still tense.

Meanwhile, the US has denounced North Korea's latest ballistic missile activity, saying it has destabilized the region. "This launch violates many United Nations Security Council resolutions and threatens the region and the wider international community," said a State Department spokesman.

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