North Korea launches another missile test in less than a week

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement: “Our military has detected a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea into the East Sea at about 7:27 a.m. this morning.
North Korea launches another missile test in less than a week
On January 11, 2022, news of a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea was broadcast on a television screen at a railway station in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. (Photo: AFP)

The South Korean military says North Korea fired a “suspected ballistic missile” into the sea on Tuesday.

This is the second missile test by Pyongyang in less than a week. Earlier, North Korea announced a test of a hypersonic missile. According to the AFP news agency, the missile was launched early on Tuesday morning at a UN Security Council meeting in New York to discuss North Korea’s recent test of a hypersonic missile.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, referring to the new missile: Has been detected.

The missile launch was also reported by Japan’s coast guard, which said North Korea had fired “something like a ballistic missile.” Six countries, including the United States and Japan, on Monday, urged North Korea to suspend “destabilizing measures” ahead of a closed-door UN Security Council meeting.

France, Britain, Ireland, and Albania have called on North Korea to “refrain from further destabilizing actions and engage in meaningful negotiations for the common goal of complete nuclear non-proliferation. Analysts say North Korea has set the latest launch date for the UN summit.

The launch has political and military purposes, Shin Beyom Chul, a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy, told AFP.

He said: “North Korea is continuing its experiments to diversify its nuclear arsenal, but it is time to launch (missiles) on the day of the UN Security Council meeting to maximize its political influence. Fixed. ‘

The frequency of missile tests indicates that North Korea is doing so ahead of next month’s Beijing Olympics, said Park Von Gunn, a professor at Eva Women’s University in Seoul. North Korea barred from participating in Beijing Winter Olympics after skipping Tokyo Games over code 19 concerns

In the ten years since Kim Jong Un took office, North Korea has sharply increased its military technology, at the expense of international sanctions. Despite severe economic hardship during the Coronavirus outbreak, Kim Jong Un said last month that the country would continue to increase its military capabilities.

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The latest experiment comes as North Korea refuses to respond to US calls for talks.

At a key meeting of North Korea’s ruling party last month, leader Kim Jong Un vowed to continue building the country’s defense capabilities without naming the United States.

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since talks between Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump ended in 2019.

Under Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, the United States has repeatedly stated its willingness to meet with North Korean envoys, saying it would pursue nuclear disarmament. But North Korea has so far rejected the offer, accusing Washington of pursuing “hostile” policies.

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