May 24, 2024

The secretive state of North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea, its fourth weapons launch this month.

According to South Korea´s military, the apparent goal of the test was to demonstrate its military might. 

North Korea conducts missile launch, its fourth missile test in a month

According to South Korea´s Joint Chiefs of Staff the North likely fired two short-range ballistic missiles from an area in Sunan, the location of Pyongyang´s international airport.

North Korea conducts missile launch, its fourth missile test in a month

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to its allies, but highlighted the destabilizing impact of the North´s ‘illicit’ weapons program.  

Tensions between North Korea and the US have risen since Joe Biden became president and even last Monday, January 10 all airports across the west coast of the United States were ordered by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to halt all operations by the Federal Aviation Authority, moments after a prior launch from the rogue state.

Japan’s Defense Minister, Nobuo Kishi said the missiles landed outside Japan´s exclusive economic zone, and the chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, condemned North Korea’s actions as threats to peace.

Reacting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told members of the presidential National Security Council of the need to revive nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang.

North Korea had conducted a pair of flight tests of a purported hypersonic missile on January 5 and January 11 and also test-fired ballistic missiles from a train on Friday .

In recent months, the repressive regime led by Kim Jong Un has been ramping up tests of new missiles designed to overwhelm missile defenses in the region.

A U.S.-led diplomatic push aimed at convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program collapsed in 2019 after the Trump administration rejected the North´s demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

So Kim Jong Un is going back to his  technique of pressuring its neighbors Japan, South Korea and the U.S. with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations meant to extract concessions.

At the beginning of 2022 Kim pledged to further expand his nuclear arsenal which he sees as his strongest guarantee of survival.

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