North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into the sea

Seoul – North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, according to the armies of South Korea and Japan, in the first such launch in nearly two months, which is also a sign that Pyongyang’s denuclearization talks will resume. Not interested in getting started. Short term but prefers to focus on increasing his arsenal of weapons.

The launch came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to increase his military capabilities – without revealing any new policy towards the United States or South Korea – during a high-profile conference of the ruling party last week.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that its northern neighbor fired a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern waters on Wednesday morning, noting that intelligence officials in Seoul and Washington were trying to analyze more information .

In an emergency videoconference, members of the South Korean President’s National Security Team expressed concern about the incident, noting that talks with the North would be resumed to resolve tensions, according to South Korea’s presidential palace. It is important to do

Japan’s Defense Ministry also traced the North Korean launch and reported that the country may have fired the missile as well.

“We find it really regrettable that North Korea has continued to launch missiles since last year,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. No further details are available at the moment, such as where it landed and what was the damage, he said.

Between September and November, North Korea carried out a series of weapons tests, which experts described as an attempt to increase pressure on its rivals to accept it as a nuclear power in the hope of getting relief from nuclear power. described. economic sanctions. The tests tested, among others, a ballistic missile launched from a submarine and another hypersonic in development. Since maneuvering with artillery fire in early November, Pyongyang had suspended its activity until Wednesday.

The US government has reiterated its desire to resume nuclear talks “whenever and wherever” without any preconditions. So far, the North has rejected those proposals, noting that Washington’s hostility has not changed.

Outgoing South President Moon Jae-in said in his New Year’s speech on Tuesday that he would continue to seek ways to restore ties with the neighboring country and promote peace on the Korean peninsula until the end of his term in May.

United States-led diplomacy to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear program collapsed in 2019 over differences over easing sanctions in exchange for dismantling North Korea’s main nuclear complex. Since then, Kim has threatened to increase his nuclear arsenal even if the country’s economy suffers major setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic, persistent US sanctions and his own mismanagement.

Instead of expressing a willingness to talk about its interest in denuclearization or a declaration by the end of the North Korea (Korean) war, it is indicating that neither the Omicron version, nor the country’s food shortages, will cause its Aggressive missile development will be curtailed,” said Professor Leif-Eric Easley at Iwa University in Seoul.

According to Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, Pyongyang could test a hypersonic missile or nuclear-capable KN-23 with a very efficient, low trajectory flight.